Filton Town Council is inviting members of the public to submit ideas for how it can cut costs and/or generate more revenue.
A Financial Review Consultation, launched recently on the Council’s website, provides a form through which ideas can be submitted.
Suggestions may also be submitted by email or by telephoning the Council office.
The consultation is the latest development in a cost-cutting programme that is aiming to reduce the Council’s spending by 10%.
A report was taken to the Full Council Meeting in November 2011 outlining the savings made so far, and Councillors and staff say they have “continued to implement cost savings across the board and meet quarterly to review savings”.
The first of a planned series of ‘cost-cutting meetings’ was held on 21st August 2012 and ideas from that session are to be discussed at next Tuesday’s meeting of the Finance Committee.
Some of the cost-cutting ideas suggested by Councillors include: job sharing, closing the public toilet and reducing office overheads (from Cllr Bill Moore); installing real-time energy consumption meters and introducing online purchasing of materials (Cllr Kieran Hyde); using energy-saving lamps and installing voltage optimisation equipment (Cllr Rikki Teml).
Revenue-generating suggestions to come out of the meeting include: advertising, Leisure Centre promotions and starting new sports clubs (from Cllr Moore); dance competitions and fitness classes (Cllr Hyde).
Related link: Agenda pack for Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday 11th September 2012 [PDF, 1.3MB]