Let's Talk Budget - what's your view?
Residents, businesses and community groups are reminded to give their views on what could the next City Council budget.
Consultation began in December and runs until Friday 15 January. Consultation helps inform final proposals before the budget is decided in March.
You can complete the budget survey online here: Let's Talk Budget.
If you would like support completing the survey, or would like a paper copy of the survey please contact email: email@example.com
The council, which provides more than 600 services to over 277,000 residents, is having to save a further £14m next year on top of the £315m it has already removed from budgets since 2010.
At the same time it is also having to consider a five per cent council tax rise in line with Government assumptions for councils across the country. For the majority of households in Sunderland this would mean paying less than £1 a week extra next year for city services.
The council continues to face the challenges of Covid-19, increasing demand for services such as adult social care, and cost pressures on services because of inflation. Reviews are continuing for more service efficiencies and the council is considering the use of its reserves to help balance the next budget.
A major investment programme to bring in more new homes, jobs, businesses and improve infrastructure is also being proposed.
Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Stewart said: "Over the past two years we have asked detailed questions about a range of council services through our Let's Talk resident engagement campaign.
"This has looked at what is important to you in Sunderland and your views about core council services. Thank you if you have participated in these engagement activities.
"We have also had discussions with partners and businesses about taking the city forward and what priorities should be. We are looking at our next budget, please give us your view.
"The council has had to make unprecedented budget cuts in recent years, as more than £315m has been taken out of Sunderland under Government austerity programmes.
"The council continues to face significant pressures as a result of reduced Government funding, inflation on our costs and increasing demand for our services. The challenge is even greater now as we all deal with the impact of Covid-19.
"Even with these cuts and extra income from the proposed council tax increase of five per cent, the revenue budget will still not be balanced. This requires us to use approximately £8.1m of financial reserves to balance our books.
"These reserves have been built up over recent years to give us this flexibility in managing our finances. However, it is important to remember that these reserves can only be used once so we can't rely on them every year."