Great communities are built on great public services, and we are determined to continue to build Cardiff’s reputation as a great place to live, work and do business. Whilst the City Council has been pro-active in trying to find new routes of funding – such as through a potential City Deal – this will not help us resolve the pressing budget shortfalls that we and other local authorities across the UK face. We also know that areas with the greatest need, such as the Cardiff Capital Region, demand higher levels of public spending and will therefore be hit hardest by yesterday’s news.
The Westminster budget will therefore undoubtedly have serious consequences for public services. With increasing requirements it is impossible to remove over £12 billion from the welfare budget without having an impact on some of the most vulnerable in society. Many services people have come to expect from their councils may no longer be viable and we will now have some tough decisions to make.
Whilst we will continue to do our very best for the people of Cardiff it is essential that a debate continues on what is and isn’t possible given this latest round of painful budget cuts.
I will keep you informed as we learn more about what this budget will mean for our residents, our city and our public services.
Your chance to take part in ‘Ask Cardiff’
Given the challenges facing the City Council following the budget, it is more important than ever that we involve people in the tough decisions that now need to be made!
As a Cooperative Council, we are committed to engaging with residents on a wide range of issues that affect our communities. We’ve seen this during the Cardiff Debate, and the launch of this year’s Ask Cardiff Survey is another opportunity to have your say on Council services.
By providing us with your opinions, we can make informed decisions on the future of the city and how services are delivered. The deadline for completing the Ask Cardiff survey is Monday 7th September 2015 and you can complete it online or pick up a copy at your local library, leisure centre or Hub.
If you have any questions or difficulties in completing the survey, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important that you have your say!
DON’T FORGET! Have your say on Cardiff’s new bus and cycle interchange!
There is also an opportunity throughout July to discuss proposals for a new bus and cycle interchange in Central Square. These views will help inform the detailed design planning of the interchange – so please take the opportunity to visit our mobile Information Centre and see the model of the new station on the following dates:
- Sunday 5th July until Friday 10th July, 8:30am to 5:30pm – at stand A at Cardiff Bus station
- Saturday 11th July until Friday 17th July, 8:30am to 5:30pm – at the top of Churchill Way (outside the Capitol Centre)
- Saturday 18th July to Friday 24th July , 8:30am to 5:30pm – at the Hayes
- Saturday 25th July to Friday 31st July, 8:30am to 5:30pm – opposite Cardiff Central Train Station