Council asks residents to help shape budget proposals

18/10/2017, PR8676

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
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 do.

“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 until Monday 20 November.

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