Have your say on council budget
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The budget consultation began today with a road show event at Yate shopping centre, with council officers and elected members on hand to answer queries from members of the public.
Further roadshows will be held at venues throughout the district between now and the close of the consultation on 21 December.
The council is responsible for a range of services including refuse collection, street cleaning, planning, education, social care and road maintenance, and each year council tax payers are invited to comment on the council’s priorities for the coming year.
Chair of the council’s Resources Sub-Committee Cllr John Goddard said: “Funding from Government has been falling by 28 per cent in real terms in the four years to 2014/15, which means difficult decisions have to be made.
“We have already saved £25 million from our running costs over the past few years, largely by improving our administrative processes and reducing our management structure. This approach has helped protect front line services.
“By 2014/15 we need to be saving in total £43 million a year based on national austerity measures. Plans are already in place to deliver a high proportion of the remaining amount and we’re now thinking about how we might approach further austerity measures after 2014/15.
“I urge our council tax payers to join in the debate by sharing their views on the council’s priorities, in this year’s budget consultation.”
Scheduled budget consultation roadshow events are as follows:
– Yate Shopping Centre: Thursday 8 November 10am – 2pm
– Bradley Stoke Tesco: Tuesday 13 November 3pm – 7pm
– Patchway Hub: Friday 16 November 10am – 1pm
– Emersons Green Sainsburys: Monday 19 November 3pm – 7pm
– Staple Hill Library on Thursday 29 November 10am – 1pm
– Kingswood Shopping Centre: Friday 30 November 10am – 2pm
– Thornbury Shopping Centre: Thursday 6 December 10am – 2pm
As well as roadshows, there are several ways in which people can share their views.
- By completing an online survey at www.southglos.gov.uk/budget
- By downloading the consultation survey from the above address and returning it FREEPOST to: RRZE-CTRG-TJLJ, South Gloucestershire Council, Budget Consultation, Council Offices, Castle Street, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1HF
- By emailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By telephoning 01454 868 009
The results of the consultation will be considered by the council’s Policy & Resources committee on 4 February and full Council on 20 February 2013.
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