Time to think about budgets

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander leave the Treasury in central London for the House of Commons where Osborne will deliver his autumn financial statement. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story BUDGET Statement. Photo credit should read: Alastair Grant/PA Wire
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander leave the Treasury in central London for the House of Commons where Osborne will deliver his autumn financial statement. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story BUDGET Statement. Photo credit should read: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

It is that time of year, once again, when councillors’ thoughts are focussed on the council budget.

Shortly after Christmas decisions need to be taken as to how much money the council needs to spend and on what services.

As you can imagine this is always a fine balancing act and, this year, with the need to shave another £14.5 million from the budget, it is always going to be a difficult decision.

I know that my colleagues, across all political parties, are in serious discussions with senior officers to see where those savings can be found.

The key for us in the Conservative Party is to find the savings without losing those essential services that that are both wanted, and expected, of the council. It is not an easy task.

To make those savings we are looking at the way we work; what can be done better, more effectively, at less cost.

We are asking the questions what do we need to do, what could we do without? We are also looking at what we can do collaboratively with other organisations to provide, and sometimes improve, services whilst controlling costs.

Our goal is to provide good quality, cost effective services, to the residents of the Rastrick area that are needed and appreciated.

Hopefully we will achieve that aim.

If readers have suggestions as to how the council can make savings we are, of course, always open to fresh ideas. I can be contacted by emailing councillor.cpillai@calderdale.gov.uk.

By Councillor Chris Pillai (Rastrick, Con)