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Have your say on the County Council's budget
Residents across Cambridgeshire are being asked for their input in the setting of the County Council’s budget for 2015/16.
Have your say at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/budgetconsultation
Due to increased demand and inflation coupled with cuts in funding from Central Government, the Council's current business plan sets out the need to save £149.1 million over the next five years, with £30.7 million to save next year. This inevitably means the Council (along with all local authorities) will need to make more service cuts. This year the budget has to be balanced with 7.1% less money from Government and increased pressures on services from inflation and rising population.
The County 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 Central Government and increasing demographic and inflation pressures we have to find millions of pounds in savings while continuing to deliver front line services.
Door-to-door surveying will also take place. The survey looks at specific issues surrounding savings whilst also seeking public opinion around Council Tax levels.
Comments about the Council’s priorities or ideas for delivering services better or more efficiently can also be sent to:
Research & Performance Team: Budget Consultation, SH1306 Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP
Noel Kavanagh, County Councillor Coleridge Ward