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Influencing local spending plans for 2016-2017

Brighton and Hove City Council agreed its annual budget for 2016-2017 at a full council meeting on Thursday 25 February 2016.

Several issues we raised were listened to and acted upon by the administration and by opposition parties. We’re pleased that our influencing work helped to successfully:

  • reduce cuts to the park rangers service
  • prevent a £145,000 cut to the community grants budget
  • prevent a £34,000 cut to mental health services provided by voluntary and community organisations
  • prevent a £86,000 cut to special educational needs and disability services provided by voluntary and community organisations

We’d like to thank all our members who shared their views on the council’s budget proposals. We’d also like to thank everyone who represented voluntary and community organisations’s concerns in the budget setting process, and to those who took the time to listen and to act.

The council’s budget proposals are linked to four year service and strategic plans which are being developed. Redesigning services and closer collaboration with the community are key parts of these plans. We’ve asked for our members to be part of developing and implementing these plans, and we await follow up from senior leaders in the city on this.

 

Our members veiws

We brought our members views on the council’s budget proposals together into a position statement:

We also worked with the council to facilitate a discussion with our members on their Equalities Impact Assessments, to try to identify the negative impacts of their budget plans and mitigating actions that could be taken. You can read their feedback below:

 

Our approach to this work

When undertaking this type of influencing work we have a set of principles and approach that we follow:

 

Need help?

If your organisation is affected by cuts in local spending, then get in touch with our Partnerships Manager, Laura Williams, on laura@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234025

 

“There needs to be a clear and strong commitment to dialogue with those affected by budget reductions to ensure that service users and communities are supported during the transition.”

“There needs to be a clear and strong commitment to dialogue with those affected by budget reductions to ensure that service users and communities are supported during the transition.”

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