Help set the RCT budget!
Between November 6th and December 18th the budget simulator will be open to give you the opportunity to close the Council's remaining budget gap of £3.834m, and to set the Council’s budget according to your priorities.
The release of a better than expected provisional settlement from Welsh Government, combined with the Council's proactive approach to managing it's finances, has meant that the initial estimated budget gap of over £18m has been reduced to £3.834m. Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC alone has had to save over £100m from its revenue budget since 2011 due to the UK Government’s policy of austerity, which has led to shinking public sector budgets and cuts to public services across the UK.
This short video outlines the budget challenge faced for 2018/19, and explains the approach the Council is taking to improve services and invest in priority areas despite the continuation of public sector funding reductions.
The Council has to set a legally balanced budget each year and the budget simulator has been set up to give you the opportunity to balance the budget the way you see fit and according to your preferences. You may want to see savings made in Leisure to allow increased spending in Education and the budget simulator allows you to do that whilst always reminding you how far you have to go to set a legally balanced budget.
For all you need to know about completing the Budget Simulator please click more info
Once you have completed the budget simulator please take a few more minutes to answer some important questions regarding the Council’s priorities, investment and the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
Here’s what you need to know about the simulator:
•Simply click on the “Create Your Budget” button to get started
•Select a group of services from the panel on the left
•You will then see a list of service areas within that group - for more information on each of the services just click on the 'i' button next to the service area title
•Slide the scale up or down to increase or reduce the budget in that area
•The budget gap figure at the top will increase or decrease depending on the decisions you make – the aim is to get it £0!
•Please note the Council's total budget in 2017/18 is £458.940M . However, quite a lot of this budget includes items that cannot be reduced such as levies that we pay to external organisations or the costs of funding the Council’s assets, so these have been excluded from the simulator as they have to be included in next year’s budget
•For each decision you make you will be informed of the potential consequences of reducing or increasing the budget in that particular area – please be aware that the consequences are for demonstration purposes only
•For modelling purposes a 3% Council Tax rise for 2018/19 has been used and is factored in to the budget gap of £3.8M.
•Once you’ve balanced the budget click submit
•Closing a budget gap isn’t easy so don’t worry if you haven’t been able to do it – your views about spending on services are very important to the Council and will help inform the 2018/19 budget setting process
Once you have completed the budget simulator, please take a few more minutes to answer some important questions regarding the Council’s investment priorities, Council Tax and the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.