The council must change the way it works. The national spending squeeze and cuts in funding for public services have had a huge impact on our ability to deliver services.
Because of inflation, demographic changes and increasing demand for our services the council faces a funding shortfall of £20m in 2014/15 and we’ll need to make a further £20m of savings by the end of 2016/17. To put this into context, the council’s revenue budget for 2013/14 was £248m. The great majority of this was spent on our schools and social care.
However, we also need to meet the requirements of the Welsh Government’s Welsh Public Library Standards. These two things mean the library service has to change but before councillors on our Cabinet make a decision, we want to give Powys people a chance to share their views and ideas.
You can see a copy of our full Consultation Document or a summary via the links below.
The closing date for receipt of responses was September 19th, 2014. The public feedback will now be considered by our Cabinet on Tues 21st Oct before they make a decision.