Soaring inflation and national economic pressures have seriously impacted Wirral Council’s budget setting for 2023-24.

Like other councils across the country, Wirral is seeing the costs of providing services increase at the same time as demands for those council services are also rising.

Initially working with a potential £49m gap, the latest forecast, based on the outcome of the Autumn Statement and refinement of assumptions, means that the council still needs to find savings of up to £38 million in order to set a legal budget.

A large number of budget saving options are currently being looked at and details of them all will be made available in the New Year. However, there are some service areas we are keen to consult on earlier to ensure resident views can be considered as we bring forward the final budget proposal in the New Year. These include street cleaning and maintenance in parks, as well as proposed changes to library and leisure services.  

You can find out more about the council budget simulator and answer the questionnaire at the council’s budget HaveYouSay page