This consultation is for businesses only.

Hertfordshire County Council provides vital services to every single resident of Hertfordshire. 

Over the next 3 years, we need to reduce our budget by £100 million. This is because of a reduction in the amount of money we receive from central government combined with greater demand for our services.

We must make sure that we continue to provide the right services to the right people and also remain flexible to meet the needs of our changing population.

As our population ages and more people require care, more of our budget will be spent on supporting older and vulnerable people. For instance, an additional £17.4 million was needed in Social Care and Health this year. We also have a growing number of children in the county who need school places.

Given the financial challenges we face, we still need to make some important decisions about how we allocate money and we want your views.

Whilst the council’s priorities will remain to be as efficient as possible and prioritise available money on front-line services, it is clear that difficult choices will need to be made in order to make these significant savings. We would welcome businesses’ views on the approach we should take to meet this objective.

The analysis of revenue and capital proposals across service areas for 2017/18 is shown in the table below.

Revenue and capital proposals across service areas for 2017/18

 Service area

Net Revenue
Budget
2017/18£m

Capital
Proposals
2017/18£m

Children’s Services:

Education and Early Intervention This includes advice, challenge and support to schools to raise educational standards and promote the wider well-being of children and young people. This includes responsibility for insuring that there are sufficient school places; funding of eighty-two children centres and provision of services for young people. It also includes information on childcare; parenting and family support; funding of nursery education for 3-4 year olds and provision of services for young people.

Safeguarding and Specialist Services helps to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable children and young people by providing services for children with disabilities, child protection, family support and children in residential and foster care.

 166.2

 66.1

Community Protection comprises Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hertfordshire Trading Standards, Emergency Planning and Resilience, working together to ensure a co-ordinated approach to keeping all who live and work in Hertfordshire safe and protected.

 35.2

 3.4

Environment maintains roads, pavements, streetlights, signs and verges; disposes of household waste; provides passenger transport information; promotes road safety and protects and enhances the natural and built environment. It also supports economic development.

 106.5

 107.4

Health and Community Services supports and promotes independence for older people, people with physical and learning disabilities, adults with mental health problems and their carers. The team provides information and advice, enables people to recover and stay in their own home, and arranges care at home or in a care home if their safety is at risk. 

 322.8

 17.4

Public Health focuses on improving health and wellbeing in Hertfordshire, through stop smoking and healthy weight campaigns, for example.

 48.9

        -

Other services include Registration, Coroners, Libraries and support services and contributions the council has to make to the funding of two organisations - the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the Environment Agency for flood defence.

 101.9

 24.9

 TOTAL

 781.5

 219.3

The County Council’s revenue and capital budget, covering 2017/18, was proposed at Cabinet on 23rd January 2017. See details of this meeting.

If you would like to make any comments on the proposals, please send comments to corporate.policyteam@hertfordshire.gov.uk by 15th February 2017.

Reports for relevant Cabinet and County Council meetings relating to the budget will be available on our calendar of council meetings.