Council asks residents to help shape budget proposals
Wakefield Council is
asking for residents views on what they think the Council’s priorities should
be for the future.
As Government cuts continue to hit the district, the Council’s online
consultation asks residents what their priorities are and how they think the
Council should continue to fund services.
£171m has already been wiped off Wakefield’s budget and the Council needs to
save a further £13m in 2018/19.
The feedback received from the consultation will be used to shape the Council’s
budget proposals for 2018/19. Residents will then have the opportunity to
comment on these proposals once they are published in December.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
Cllr Peter Box,
Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “Since 2010 we have made efficiencies from
every single corner of this Council. We are, without doubt, the most efficient,
innovative and enterprising we have ever been.
“But continued cuts in Government funding, and changes to the issues we face,
mean we need to deliver things differently and find new ways of funding what we
“Our challenge is to try and balance the priorities that affect everyone, along
with the issues that only impact on some people. Things such as care for older
people, homelessness or keeping vulnerable children safe, are all Council
priorities. But they may not directly affect everyone. Other important issues
such as roads, bins and litter, affect more people all the time.
“We are asking residents to take part in our consultation so we know what
matters most to them to help shape our future budget proposals.”
The budget consultation focuses around three key questions and only takes five
minutes to complete.
Residents can have their say at www.wakefield.gov.uk/budget
until Monday 20 November.