Stockport Council has outlined its Vision for Stockport and updated its priorities for the coming year, as it anticipates the end of central government funding by 2020.
Having already reduced spending by £100m since 2010, the Council will focus this year on consulting people about future plans for regeneration and development, and on exploring new ways to work together to change local services.
The Council has had to manage savings of over £90m since 2010/11, and face a further £60m in required savings to be found between now and 2020/21.
The Council plan to build on the existing major reforms underway, to the Town Centre, to health, care and family services, and the way public agencies and workforce operate together.
The Leader of Stockport Council, Councillor Alex Ganotis, said:
“We are rising to the challenge of preparing the Council to be financially self-reliant, taking the hard decisions now to create the conditions that sustain high quality public services and strong civic leadership in future years.
“There are significant challenges in relation to the Council Budget which shouldn’t be underestimated. This administration has genuinely listened and consulted with local residents and councillors, and I’m pleased that all political parties supported our budget this year. There’s a real desire to pull together for Stockport during this difficult period.
“We’re focusing on improving how we work with the people of the Borough, how we join up our property, problems and places, and how people access services online. And we’re increasingly working hand-in-glove with other public service like the Police and local NHS, and with local businesses and voluntary groups to get the best for the Borough.”
The Council Plan explains the vision for Stockport as the Council prepares for the future, and how it will make the most of opportunities such as Devolution to Greater Manchester and the integration of health and care services through Stockport Together.