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Introduction to the consultation

Increased demand for our services means we are under pressure to find more savings.

Taking tough decisions and saving £200m since 2010 has helped us stay in a good position.

But tight funding, combined with increasing demand for services, means the county council has to find another £75m in savings over the next four years.

Growing need for social care and special educational needs and disability (SEND) support – plus inflation - is set to drive up costs by £94m over the next four years.

We already have plans in place to make further savings. These include:

  • recruiting more in-house foster carers to reduce expensive placements
  • reducing adult social care costs by managing demand and reviewing contracts and personal budget allocations
  • generating more income from property investment and commercial activity
  • reducing back office costs through digital technology and simplifying processes

Future challenges

The council is facing challenges that will lead to further reductions in spending.

Graphic showing increases in the number children in care, SEND support and population growth

This means it's time to ask residents, partner organisations, businesses and others to help us shape plans and prioritise future services.

Questions and answers

Council leader, Nick Rushton answers some of your key questions.

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