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Caerphilly residents invited to have say on budget proposals

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Residents across the Caerphilly county borough are being urged to have their say on the council’s budget plans for 2024/25.

The council’s Cabinet agreed its draft budget proposals this week (Wed 17 January) and local people will now get the chance to take part in a major consultation exercise to provide feedback.

Some of the key proposals include:

  • A proposed 6.9% increase in Council Tax for 2024/25
  • £19.5m of permanent savings
  • £11.4m of temporary savings
  • Use of £11.3m from council reserves towards savings

“Over the next 3 years Caerphilly is facing a budget shortfall of around £66million, so we need to make some significant changes in order to plug this huge budget gap. It is important that local people get the chance to have their say on our plans and I would encourage everyone to get involved,” said Cllr Sean Morgan, Leader of Council.

A special survey will open to the public on Monday 22nd January and runs until 13th February. https://conversation.caerphilly.gov.uk/council-budget-setting-2024-2025

A number of face-to-face drop-in sessions will also be held across the county borough. Residents are welcome to call in for a chat with a member of the council’s engagement team at the following locations:

Date: Location: Time:
Monday 29th January Nelson Library 10:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday 30th January Bargoed Library 4:30-6:30pm
Tuesday 30th January Blackwood Library 10:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday 1st February Ystrad Mynach Library 10:00am-12:00pm
Monday 5th February Rhymney Library 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday 7th February Risca Library 3.00pm-5.00pm
Thursday 8th February Newbridge Library 10am-12pm
Friday 9th February Caerphilly Library 11:00am-1:00pm

In addition, two online drop-in sessions are scheduled on:

  • Wednesday 31 January 11am-12 – online
  • Thursday 8 February 2pm – 3pm – online

Residents wishing to attend one of the online sessions are asked to e-mail [email protected] with the preferred date, and a link to attend the online session will be provided.