SANDWELL Council is asking the public how it can make millions of pounds of savings over the coming years.

An initial consultation took place earlier this year and now residents, businesses and voluntary organisations are being further consulted on areas where the council can save money.

Sandwell Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and resources Councillor Bob Piper said: “The council is facing similar pressure to residents from inflation and rising costs.

“The cost-of-living emergency is also creating more demand for some council services. This means difficult decisions need to be made when the council sets its budget.

“We currently spend around £317mllion each year on our day-to-day services, such as bin collections, street cleansing, running libraries and leisure centres. And around 60 per cent of our budget funds vital services for adult social care and looking after vulnerable children.

“We must meet our legal requirements, but we can make choices in how we deliver some of these services.

“Sandwell is no different to other councils – we all face significant financial pressures. Although we are in a fortunate position to have options to achieve a balanced budget, this still means difficult decisions will need to be made.

“We need to use our limited resources as efficiently as we can, which means we have to work even harder to continue to deliver services and make the money go further for the years ahead.

“In the past two years, the council has worked hard to make savings of over £30million.

“The council must make savings of £13million to ensure we can balance our budget for the next financial year (2024/25).

“The majority of these savings must be sustainable – so we can continue make these savings over the coming years, not just next year.”

Cllr Piper added: “When the consultation closes, we will consider the responses we receive and bring a further report back to the council’s cabinet, before setting the council’s budget in early 2024.”

To take part in the consultation, fill in the online survey on the council’s Consultation Hub ( before the deadline of January 2 2024.