The Isle of Wight Council is hoping to get the green light to begin preparing its 2019/20 budget tonight (Thursday).

The local authority’s saving ideas published last week included a proposed 2.99% council tax increase

It is also proposing that £1.8 million can be saved through changes to Adult Social Care, Public Health and Housing Needs. Those changes include a review of all care packages, and an increase in charges to Day Care and Wight Care services.

Meanwhile the Council is hoping to make £1.25m by introducing on street parking charges in Ryde and Newport, a £1 fee to to park overnight, parking charges on all esplanades all year round, and changes to the Highways PFI contract.

The planned £565,000 savings from Children Services include new school bus contracts to ensure the service ‘meets the required number of places at a reduced cost’.

Other cost-cutting exercises proposed include reducing Lynbottom Household Waste Recycling Centre’s winter opening times, changes to the beach hut agreements and upping the fee for using the Shanklin lift.

Leading councillors will vote on whether to allow the Council to proceed with its plans tonight (Thursday).

A consultation has been launched, you can send your recommendations in to  [email protected].

A final proposal will be voted on at a Full Council meeting next year.  

Read the plans in full here