Investing in the young

SOUTH Gloucestershire Council’s budget for 2024 will prioritise investments in children’s services and cost-of-living support for those in financial difficulty, as well as taking action to help combat climate change.

Despite challenges facing the authority, with inflation, ever-increasing costs and an ongoing shortfall in the money provided by central Government, the budget is balanced over the coming three years.

In addition to delivering statutory services, the council wants to ensure that those in the greatest need can receive help with the cost of living, which for many has seen costs rising much faster than incomes. The budget also recognises the need for immediate action to help alleviate and to respond to the climate and nature emergencies.