Consultation and engagement
Start date: 6th November 2021
End date: 22nd January 2022
Liverpool City Council is now consulting on its draft budget for 2022/23.
We need to close an estimated £34 million gap in funding next year. The council's budget is already £465 million a year less than it was in 2010.
Council Tax only raises 40 per cent of the total needed, with the remainder coming from government grants and business rates.
What are the proposals?
Ideas totalling £18.7 million have so far been drawn up following consultation between the Cabinet and council officers, including a mix of reductions in spending and generating additional income. The options include:
- A review of the controlled parking zones and services - to generate £1.6 million
- A £40 annual charge for green bin collections - to raise £1.7 million
- Charging private landlords and social housing providers for pest control - to bring in £200,000
- Managing demand for school transport - to save £500,000
- Reviewing high cost care packages to ensure individual needs are being met and funded in the correct way - to save £1.9 million
- Increasing revenue from filming, cruise liners and events - to bring in £270,000
- Management restructure - to save £200,000
- Review of subsidy given to several externally run libraries - to save £280,000
All budget saving proposals are viewed in relation to the Mayor's triple-lock of their impact on people, planet and equality. They assume that Council Tax will rise by the minimum allowed, expected to be three per cent, with one per cent ringfenced for adult social care.
Who can comment?
The consultation is targeted at service users or stakeholder organisations affected by the proposals, as well as residents.
Before you comment, use our budget simulator to choose which services you think we could reduce, or stop all together. It's easy to use and allows you to reduce spending across council services and see the consequences of your choices.
How to comment
Drop-in sessions will also take place for people to feedback, with briefings for councillors and stakeholders and a live online Q&A with Mayor Joanne Anderson.
The closing date for comments is 22nd January 2022.
Budget roadshow dates
For the first time, the council is hitting the streets on a six-day roadshow, to talk to residents about the budget proposals in person, giving people without easy online access a chance to voice their opinions and feed in their views.
The roadshow events are being held at the following venues:
- Monday 13th December – 12-3pm at Old Swan Tesco
- Tuesday 14th December – 12-3pm at Breck Road Everton (near Asda)
- Wednesday 15th December – 12-3pm at Tesco Park Road
- Thursday 16th December – 12-3pm at Belle Vale Shopping Centre (to be confirmed)
- Friday 17th December – 12-3pm at Speke Shopping Centre
- Saturday 18th December – 12-3pm Williamson Square, Liverpool City Centre
What happens next?
Following completion of the public consultation, a final budget report will be drawn up and considered by the Cabinet in February 2022. This will be taken to a special budget council meeting on Wednesday 2nd March 2022.