Council asks: ‘Where should we make £12m cuts?’

View of County Hall, Aylesbury
View of County Hall, Aylesbury
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A new survey gives people the chance to say where £12m in cuts should be made at Bucks County Council.

The survey entitled ‘Tough decisions for tough times’ will be available to pick up from libraries, children’s centres and adult learning centres across Bucks.

It will also be posted to a random selection of 3,000 residents from across the county.

Martin Phillips, cabinet member for community engagement said: “The county council is facing its biggest ever challenge this year, and we need our residents to help us make what will be some very difficult decisions on the areas of work where we should prioritise spending.

“Last year, we took the difficult decision to raise council tax by 1.5%.

“We’re asking residents to tell us their views on what should happen to council tax next year, and in the survey there are options to freeze council tax or increase it again.

“The financial landscape in which we’re operating has changed dramatically: in the past three years our central government funding has reduced by 40%, and we’ve reduced our spending by £55 million.

“This year, we will lose another £11 million of government funding, and we’re facing a shortfall of £28m in next year’s budget.

“We will be able to lessen that shortfall by £16m through generating income and working more efficiently.

“But that still leaves a substantial £12m budget gap, which means that some reduced services will be inevitable – even if there is an increase in council tax.

“It’s absolutely vital that people tell us what’s important to them: where we should reduce spending, where we should continue to invest, and what should happen to council tax.”

The survey is online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/budget until the closing date of November 9.