Released on 16 October 2017 Press Release
Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Full Council has today. Monday 16 October, approved a vital strategic report outlining the future direction of the District Council, approved earlier in the day by the District Council's Cabinet.
Full Council approved the following:
A new vision: "Stratford-on-Avon District Council will develop 'A District fit for our Future'" which is supported by three key objectives:
Contribute towards a flourishing local economy, enhancing our environment and infrastructure.
Promote healthy, safe and strong communities and individuals.
Be an efficient Council that works closely with partners.
A Strategy for Stakeholder Engagement.
The findings from individual work streams to provide guidance for the Council's Policy and Budget Framework.
The delivery mechanism for the District Council's Transformation Programme.
This report is the culmination of a significant amount of work at the District Council over the last 17 months and was an opportunity for the District Council to look at the current service provision and determine the future direction of the Council.
The District Council is facing unprecedented financial pressures with all Government funding removed in 2 years time (2019/20). The Strategic Review was undertaken to ensure the District Council can remain financially sustainable for the next 10 years.
Cllr Chris Saint, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: "The uncertain financial future, compounded by the lack of any proposed finance bill makes it imperative for the Council to seize this opportunity to move towards a position of self sustainability. The current level of reserves provides a basis for the Council to look realistically at potential investment projects which will enhance its income streams.
"To date the Strategic Review exercise has identified £108,000 of recurring savings, which were implemented in this year's budget. Recommendations from the five Work Streams have identified areas where further reductions in expenditure or additional income could be identified to support the Council's budget. These recommendations will be used to determine the budget proposals for next year.
"A positive outcome from this review is the improved engagement with our stakeholders. We know we need to work smarter with partners to be able to achieve our priorities together for the benefit of our District residents. We are now working more closely with them on a regular basis."
Strategic Review Report main findings include:
Looking at the ways of working at the District Council
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