You Choose – help balance the Council’s budget for 2016/17

​Date:24/12/2015

PR ref: 6145


Wakefield Council is asking residents and local businesses how they would choose to balance the Council’s budget by using an interactive tool on its website.


The Council is making £38 million of savings this financial year, on top of the £81m savings that have been made since 2011. It is anticipated that up to £30m further savings will be needed in 2016/17.


‘YouChoose’ is an interactive tool on the Council’s website which highlights the difficult choices that need to be made when making savings to budgets.


The Council is urging residents and businesses to use the online tool to demonstrate how they think the budget would best be spent. The results will then be fed back to decision-makers, who ultimately have to make tough choices on where to make savings.


Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “The scale of the cuts to our budget are set to continue at a similar rate to the past few years so we need to explore how our money can be best spent.


“Our residents all have different priorities and needs of the Council, and we need to balance this against managing the reduction in our Government funding. We have already made significant savings in recent years so we know there are no easy options left.


“We have always tried to limit the impact these cuts will have on our residents, and of course we will continue to do so, but the reality is that universal services will be affected and the public will notice a difference.


“These are tough decisions to make which is why I want residents and businesses to tell us what they think so we can take their views into consideration.


“The ‘YouChoose’ exercise is a way to capture these views and leaves participants with some idea of just how tough these choices are to make. I encourage as many people as possible to take part to have their say on what services are most important to them.”


For more information, or to take part, in the YouChoose exercise visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/budget


If you would prefer to email your suggestions, please do so to yoursay@wakefield.gov.uk and title the email ‘budget’.