Sheffield City Council Budget 2023/24

Closed 13 Jan 2023

Opened 19 Dec 2022

Overview

Setting a budget to deliver for Sheffielders

Sheffield is a fantastic city. In the last year, as we’ve moved out of Covid restrictions, we have seen our city and local centres become busy and vibrant again and seen our city’s assets showcased on the world stage as we hosted the UEFA Women’s Euros.

To make sure that we continue to deliver high quality services for everyone in Sheffield, we have set out a Corporate Delivery Plan for the Council which commits to improving the services that you have told us aren’t meeting your expectations.  There’s a lot to do but over the next four years, we will be working hard to improve what the Council does for the city and how it does it.

An important part of that 4 year improvement plan is to make sure that our finances are sound and stable so that we can keep investing in our city and vital services that our communities need. We’ve had over 10 years of austerity with Government cutting funding to Councils and the Covid pandemic stretched us even further and we are now helping to support communities with the cost-of-living crisis. We are proud of how our teams worked alongside communities and other organisations in Sheffield and we’re now firmly focused on the future and delivering for everyone in the city.

This year’s budget is the first to be set under our new Committee System. That has meant that Councillors from all political parties have worked together through specific policy committees (eg on transport, parks and leisure, adults’ and children’s care) and set out proposals to deliver vital services for the city whilst ensuring that our books are balanced and our commitments are affordable in the longer term.

A detailed set of the budget proposals from each Policy Committee is available here: https://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/documents/s56182/17%20-%20Appendix%201-3%20SR%20Cttee%20Budget%20Report%205-12-22.pdf

These proposals from each policy committee are brought together to form the proposed budget which will be debated by all Councillors at Full Council in March 2023.

Why your views matter

In this survey, we are keen to listen to your views on our budget proposals for the year from April 2023.  Through our new committees, Councillors from all parties have been involved in making proposals from their committee for next year's Council budget.  Before those proposals are debated at Full Council, Councillors want to hear what you think of the proposals for next year so that they can make sure your ideas and concerns shape the decisions they have to make about how we best use the money we have next year.

Having a budget survey like this is just one part of how we listen to what you think about our budget proposals. To make sure we get a full picture of what Sheffielders think, we are also:

  • Working with service users, customers and clients about any specific changes to services
  • Discussing the budget proposals with representatives from the city’s voluntary, community and faith sector
  • Discussing the proposals with representatives of Sheffield businesses

We also undertake detailed Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) on the budget overall and the specific proposals in the budget. EIAs help us to check if any of our proposals have a particular impact on any of our communities in Sheffield and set out any actions we will take to reduce negative impacts.

Our 2023/24 Budget Consultation runs from 19th December 2022 until 13th January 2023.

All of the thoughts and views you provide will inform the final budget proposals which will be considered by Strategy and Resources Committee at the end of January 2023 so that they can make their budget recommendations to Full Council.

All data will be collected, held and used in accordance with UK GDPR legislation. For more information see the SCC website.

Contact details

If you have any queries or need help with taking part in this consultation, or if you require a paper copy please email us at equalitiesandengagement@sheffield.gov.uk

While we welcome and take account of all views received, we are not able to reply to individual questions or comments sent in response to this consultation.

Thank you for taking part.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Planning Policy Changes and Consultation