Deadline date for responses
05 October 2018
Deadline time for responses
Details of consultation
The Borough is a diverse area with rural and urban needs. There are increasing demands in areas such as social care budgets. Wokingham Borough Council receives the least funding from the Government in the country and therefore is funded via Council Tax and Business Rates. Hence the reduction in government funding has placed pressure on the Council and Council Tax payers.
In 2018/19 Wokingham Borough received £82.47 per resident from the Government compared to neighbouring authorities receiving more; West Berkshire £111.03, Bracknell Forest £167.77 and Reading £215.28.
Government grants have been reduced by over £23millon since 2011/12. It is expected that Government funding will further reduce between 2018/19 and 2019/20 from £82.47 per Wokingham Borough resident to just £40.64. Whilst the Council has made many efficiencies it is difficult to maintain the level of services it has traditionally provided. Hence we are seeking your views on what should be our future areas of focus and how we can work with partners and residents to achieve this.
In order to deliver the most we can, the Council and its partners are keen to engage and work with anyone with an interest in Wokingham Borough. We will work with individuals, groups, businesses, the police, GPs and other health partners. We want to create a plan for the Borough outlining how together we can meet the challenges our community faces.
The document below sets up the challenges we have identified from what we know from listening to residents, reviewing the law and analysing data on the future needs of the Borough.
Read the document, below, and give us your views by completing our Borough Plan online survey.