Cambs council poses a £30million question to residents

Monday, August 25, 2014
2:59 PM

The county council needs to slash more than £30million of spending from its budget next year as the budget cuts continue to hit local authorities across the country.

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Cambridgeshire County Council is asking for the public to get involved with its budget setting by taking part in a survey that includes prioritising service spending and asks if you would be willing to pay more in Council Tax and, if so, how much.

CCC, which is responsible for the county’s schools, roads and social care, says its goal is to make cuts worth about £150m over five years without having a large impact on frontline services.

Councillor Steve Count, leader of the county council said: “Councils across the country have some hard decisions to make.

“We want Cambridgeshire residents to have a big say in ours.

“The survey puts them at the heart of the decision-making, facing the challenges we do in order to balance the budget. The council services are very wide-ranging and touch everyone’s lives – from looking after young people and adults during vulnerable periods in their lives to maintaining the county’s roads and recycling rubbish. But with less money from Government and increasing demographic and inflation pressures we have to find millions of pounds in savings while continuing to deliver frontline services.

“The council has worked hard to be efficient, budgeting to save £32m last year, and a further £38m this current financial year. But next year we have to find further savings in the region of £31m. The survey will enable residents’ voices to be heard, which we can use to help shape our budget and priorities for the future.”

The county’s budget for this financial year is about £750m but funding from the Government is set to be reduced by about 7 per cent next year.

INFORMATION: To take part in the survey visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/budgetconsultation. The deadline is September 29.

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