Council pleads for Government support as it unveils "challenging" budget

GVS of Peterborough
The city council launches phase one of its budget proposals Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough City Council is urging the government to give them more financial support as it unveiled proposals for its most 'challenging' budget.

The city is currently facing a deficit of £36 million as the authority unveiled a number proposals to begin tackling the huge shortfall.

It warned that the Covid-19 pandemic had placed an unprecedented strain on Peterborough’s future financial stability.

The additional pressures include a forecast loss of

  • £2.4million in parking revenue,

  • a council tax deficit of £2.8million as a result of people being unable to pay and an increase in households receiving council tax support,

  • and an additional £13.8 million on providing enhanced Adult Social Care services during the pandemic.

    The city council has launched a consultation on the latest budget proposals Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councillors are warning that even if the proposals are voted through this will only clear £2.7 million of the deficit, leaving major savings still needing to be made.

Some of the proposals include a rise in the charge to collect brown bins for garden waste from £45 a year to £50 as well as the switching off of some lights between midnight and 5am.

The proposals are available to view here.

The consultation will close on 7 December 2020 at 5pm.

Cabinet will consider comments on Monday 30 November 2020 and Full Council will debate the phase one proposals on Wednesday 9 December 2020.