Council asks residents to help shape budget proposals

21/11/2018, PR8920

​Wakefield Council is asking for residents' views on where it should invest the 2019/20 budget to help deliver the Council's priorities and improve the lives of people living in the district. 


Wakefield city centre

​Since 2010 the Council has had to meet a financial challenge of £199m and in 2019/20 has to find another £10.4m to balance the budget.


The feedback received from the consultation will shape the Council's budget proposals for the coming year, which will be published in February.


Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

​Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "As we head into another year that will see yet more Government cuts to the funding for our services, we also face increased costs and increasing demand for many of our services. This means we need to meet a financial challenge of £10.4m next year, so we must continue our work to try and do things differently and find new ways of funding what we do. 


"We need to try and balance the delivery of services that affect everyone – along with delivering important services that only affect a few, whilst also prioritising our resources to support the most vulnerable.


"This is why we are asking residents to get involved in the consultation, and take part in the conversation about what we should focus on. We want people's feedback to help us shape our budget proposals."


The budget consultation focuses on five key questions and only takes five minutes to complete. Residents can have their say at until Sunday 6 January.

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