Liverpool City Council has approved its budget for 2023/24.
Budget savings amounting to £49 million were approved by elected members at Budget Council last night.
Some of the toughest decisions being considered were removed from the proposals, including:
Reducing the number of One Stop Shops
Reducing or ceasing the Benefits Maximisation Service
Removing discretionary Council Tax relief for foster carers
Reducing support available through the Council Tax Support Scheme.
Alternative funding has been secured to mitigate a further three proposals – Discretionary Housing Payments, Liverpool Citizens Support Scheme and No Recourse to Public Funds – so any decisions on these options have been delayed for a year.
The budget gap of £49 million has been reached with proposals including:
Income generation – improving the Council Tax collection rate; increasing rents for council buildings/assets; extending the times of operation for on-street/council car parks.
Transforming services – introducing a new model of assessment and care in Adult Services to remove duplication; reducing reliance on B&Bs for people who find themselves homeless and the introduction of an early help and family safeguarding model to support families; placing fewer children in private residential children’s homes.
Savings – reviewing libraries and Lifestyles Fitness Centres; reducing funding available through the Cultural Arts Investment Programme and finding an operator to run the Cruise Liner Terminal.
Council Tax has been increased by the maximum 4.99%, which will help us to protect other valued services, with 2% of the rise will be ring fenced specifically for spending on adult social care.