Report it

Strategic Plan to 2020

The Strategic Plan is the Council’s overarching business plan, outlining its contribution to the Mayor’s Vision for Middlesbrough.  

In July 2016, Council approved a Strategic Plan for 2016-20 focused on investment, growth and efficiency, incorporating a Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP). The Strategic Plan is central to the Council’s corporate governance framework and is updated annually.

Responding to the revised MTFP, the Strategic Plan for 2016-20 has been updated and sets out the Council’s approach to meeting the savings targets identified in the Medium-Term Financial Plan, outlines proposed transformation and savings initiatives for this period, which will inform the 2017/18 budget and those of future years.

The Council had no option but to address its savings challenges. The 2016-20 Strategic Plan provided the means to achieve this in a proactive and systematic manner.


Proposed 2017/18 budget savings consultation

We need as many people who live, work and do business in Middlesbrough to give us their views on the following proposals.

Reduced eligibility level for entitlement to free transport provision

Middlesbrough Council is reviewing its school transport services and is currently undertaking a period of consultation on proposed changes to the Home to School Transport Policy.

For more information view the consultation document explaining the proposals and the draft Home to School Transport Policy.

Should the policy be approved following consultation, the Council intends to adhere to it more strictly than it has done in the past.  This will mean some applications for transport being refused that may not have been in the past.  It will also mean the Council withdrawing some transport from pupils already in place.

Please give your views here.


Cessation of double-funding for people in receipt of a personal budget

The passenger transport team (Ayresome Community Transport) currently provide transport to various day centres and other locations across Middlesbrough and the wider local area.  Due to increased demand on the service, the Council are no longer able to provide free transport to the aforementioned locations.  If service users still wish to access said facilities, it is suggested that they utilise their personal budgets for their transportation.

Please give us your views on this proposal by e-mailing budget@middlesbrough.gov.uk


Adult Social Care

New income from providing money management for Estates clients as a charged for service

Middlesbrough Council acts on behalf of some people to look after their finances or property. This is called being a Deputy and is done through the Court of Protection.

The Council has not asked people to pay for this service in the past, but is now considering a proposal to charge for it.  The amount people pay for the service will depend on the type of service they get. There are 4 fixed rates outlined below.

If a person decides they do not wish the Council to look after their finances or property they can ask an appropriate family member or a Solicitor to help them.

Council Charges

These are the charges the Council are proposing to make when acting on behalf as a Deputy:

Category 1 - For all of the work to become a Deputy so that the Council can look after finances or property = £670

Category 2 - A yearly fee will be charged for the Deputy to look after finances or property. This will be £700 for the first year then £585 for every year after. If the person has less than £16,000 then the Council will charge a smaller amount to look after finances or property after the 1st year. How this is worked out will be explained to the person.

Category 3 - This is a fee the Council will charge they sell your property or rent it out for you = £270

Category 4 - Prepare and provide an annual report to the Office of the Public Guardian = £195.

Please give us your views on this proposal by e-mailing budget@middlesbrough.gov.uk


New approaches to care planning aimed at identifying more personalised methods of meeting care needs

The Care Act 2014

The first phase of the Care Act 2014 became legislation on 1 April 2014; The Care Act 2014 is the single largest change to adult social care legislation since the inception of the welfare state. The Act supersedes the majority of pre-existing social care legislation and replaces it with a single consolidated Act, but with significant changes to the powers and duties of Local Authorities. The second phase was due to be implemented from 1 April 2016 but on 17th July the Government made a written statement to the House of Lords announcing its decision to delay the implementation of phase two of the Care Act 2014 (England only), which had been due to come into force in April 2016, until April 2020. Click here to see the policies that have been delayed until 2020.

The full care act can be seen here - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/contents/enacted 

Please give us your views on this proposal by e-mailing budget@middlesbrough.gov.uk


View the full list of initiatives for 2017/18

Note: Those initiatives listed in Appendix A require no, or  no further (where this has already been completed), public consultation i.e. either having no public impact, or having been already impact-assessed, mitigated where possible and / or justified. Some internal consultation may be required if the initiatives have a significant impact on employees. 

Those initiatives listed in Appendix C are for the period 2018-20 may require separate consultations and / or impact assessments in future years as proposals are further developed.

Please note the closing date to comment on the budget consultation is Friday 13th January 2017.