Between November 5th and December 17th the budget simulator will be open to give you the opportunity to close the Council's remaining budget gap of £5.9m, and to set the Council’s budget according to your priorities.

The release of a better than expected provisional settlement from Welsh Government, combined with the Council's proactive approach to managing its finances, has meant that the initial estimated budget gap of over £9.9m has been reduced to £5.9m.

In order to close the remaining budget gap, further saving proposals will be required and all opportunities to deliver even greater levels of efficiency must be maximised.

The Council has five priorities for the future that we would also like your views on:

Digitalisation – creating an agile workforce and increasing opportunities for residents to interact with us online

Early Intervention and Prevention – invest in services which allow us to solve issues before they escalate

Commercialisation – offer some of our services on a commercial basis to lessen the impact of budget reductions

Efficiency – continue to deliver millions of pounds worth of efficiencies each year – in recent years we have saved over £60 million in this way

Independence – invest in community based services which will support individuals and couples to remain independent

A video will soon be uploaded. Take a look to learn more about the Council’s budget and the five priority areas.

Video to follow shortly

Every year the Council has to legally set a balanced budget, and we want your views on how we should do that, and there are several ways in which you can take part.

Online Budget Simulator

The budget simulator has been set up to give you the opportunity to balance the budget the way you see fit, according to your preferences. The budget simulator is easy to use, and allows you the chance, from the comfort of your own home, to submit your ideas on how next years budget should look.

For example, you may want to see savings made in Leisure to allow increased spending in Education, and the budget simulator allows you to do that whilst always reminding you how far you have to go to set a legally balanced budget. Click on the link below to take part, and have your say on next year’s budget.

Online Survey

The online survey asks you questions on the Council priorities, investment areas and Council Tax.

Take part in the online survey

Public Engagement Events - Budget Road Shows

We are bringing our Budget Consultation to a place near you! Throughout our consultation period our team will be out and about speaking to you to find out how you would like to see next year’s Council budget spent. Come along, say hello and take part at the following locations:

The town centre events provide you with an opportunity to speak to senior Council officers and Cabinet members.

Town Centres Date Time

Mountain Ash

Friday 16th November

10am-2pm

Tonypandy

Friday 23rd November

10am-2pm

Pontypridd

Wednesday 28th November

10am-2pm

Leisure Centre Drop ins 

Llantrisant Leisure Centre

Thursday 15th November

5pm-7pm

Sobell Leisure Centre

Monday 19th November

5pm-7pm

Hawthorn Leisure Centre

Thursday 22nd November

5pm-7pm

Rhondda Sports Centre

Monday 26th November

5pm-7pm

Library Drop ins 

Treorchy

Monday 12th November

2pm-4pm

Abercynon

Friday 30th November

2pm-4pm

Aberdare

Tuesday 4th December

10am-12pm

Pontyclun

Wednesday 5th December

10am-12pm

Ferndale

Friday 7th December

10am-12pm

Porth

Tuesday 11th December

10am-12pm

Hirwaun

Tuesday 11th December

2pm-4pm

Pontypridd

Thursday 13th December

2pm-4pm

Help us improve - don't include personal or financial information, e.g. your National Insurance number or credit card details.