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Sandwell Council’s consultation on its budget will close shortly.

Published 25th August 2022

Members of the public and interested organisations are being asked for their feedback on the budget consultation which will close on Sunday 28 August.

The council has budgeted to spend £583 million this financial year providing public services. Now the council wants to hear what residents’ priorities are as it develops its budget proposals for 2023/24

Each year, the council sets a budget for the next financial year that details how much money will be spent on each of the services the council provides. The council is making savings of around £16m this financial year and expects to need to save a similar amount next year.

Approximately 70 per cent of the Council’s net budget is spent on services for vulnerable adults and children. The remainder is spent on services such as street cleansing, road maintenance, libraries, leisure centres and waste and recycling collections.

The funding to pay for these services comes from council tax, business rates, government grants and money that the council raises directly through charging for services such as car parking. Residents in Sandwell pay the second lowest council tax rate in the West Midlands.

Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Leader of Sandwell Council said: “My ambition for Sandwell is to be a council that is totally focused on the needs of our residents, where everyone can fulfil their potential and be proud to live here. The arrangements for our budget are fundamental to local democracy and the running of council services and it is therefore essential that local people are consulted regarding their preferences.”

Complete the budget consultation survey.