Residents urged to say how they would balance the Council’s budget

​Date: 7/12/2016

Ref: PR8423

Wakefield Council is reminding residents and businesses there's just over a week left to have their say on how they would choose to balance the Council's budget.

The Council is expecting to make savings of £24 million in the next financial year, on top of the £146 million savings that have been made since 2011. This is a total saving of £170m at the end of the next financial year (2017/18).

 'YouChoose' is an interactive budget calculator 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 indicate 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: "There's still time to have your say on these tough decisions. We 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.

"These are tough decisions to make which is why I want residents and businesses to tell us what they think, so that we can take their opinions 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."

The budget calculator is available until December 18. For more information, or to take part, in the YouChoose exercise visit

If you would prefer to email your suggestions, please do so to and title the email 'budget'.



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