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Difficult Decisions 2018-20

‘Difficult Decisions 2018-20’ Consultation

Local Councils have less money to spend on services because Government (UK and Wales) are giving us less money in our budgets every year.  Wrexham Council has already saved around £18 million in the last three years, and we think we’re going to have to find another £13 million over the next two years. Overall, we have had to make savings of £52 million since 2008.

We want to be able to deliver good services to you, and we’re always looking for ways to get better at what we’re doing.  We are working hard to become a more modern organisation and to make sure that we have the right staff and services in place to meet the needs of local people. 

We are trying to make savings which don’t affect the public in a bad way, but as we have less and less money to spend every year, it’s getting harder.  We are also given new responsibilities by Welsh Government every year, which all cost money and time (e.g. changes in Social Services).

Over the last few years lots of you have told us your thoughts about our proposals.  Your opinions and ideas have helped us to decide on the changes we are making.

This year, there are some ideas which we are telling you about, which we don’t think will have any effect on you; and so we’re not asking for your thoughts about these.  We’re telling you because we want to give you as much information as we can about all of the different things we’re doing to save money and get better at what we do.  There are some ideas we would like your opinion about; and we would also like to know if you have any ideas which we haven’t thought of.

Once we’ve got all of your views, they’ll be used by Councillors to make decisions about next year’s budget in January and February 2018.

There are a number of ways you can tell us what you think.

  1. Please complete the survey – either online or in paper version telling us to what extent you agree with the proposals we are making.
  2. There will be more detailed consultations conducted with service users for some of these proposals – which will also contribute to the decision making process.
  3. You could also write to us at ‘Tell Us What You Think’.  3rd Floor Annex. The Guildhall. Wrexham. LL11 1AY
  4. Or email us at telluswhatyouthink@wrexham.gov.uk (please mark your correspondence ‘Difficult Decisions’)

We need to have all of your responses by 30th November to make sure we have chance to take them into account before making final decisions in the New Year.

Thank you for taking part in this consultation – we value your views.