The Council has launched a budget consultation and we are asking for your views to help shape our financial priorities for 2024/25. We want your feedback to set a balanced budget that reflect the needs of our communities by spending wisely, making savings and continue to deliver value for money for our residents, businesses and communities.
What is the budget consultation?
Each year the Council engages with residents to seek feedback on the draft budget proposals. The 2024/25 budget sets out how we plan to save money and continue to fund and allocate services to support our Council Plan commitments for a Greener, Safer and Fairer borough for all residents.
Like many councils we are facing significant financial pressures and there will be difficult choices ahead as we look to make savings and balance the books. The rise in cost of living and inflation have placed additional strain on families and businesses and that is why it's important you have your say on the draft proposals to help us create a budget that is balanced and sustainable.
We want your feedback on the proposed plans to help shape the budget which will be taken to full Council meeting in February 2024 for final approval.
Cllr Johnny Thalassites, lead member for finance, customer service and net zero Council said:
“In these challenging times, your feedback is more crucial than ever as we continue to navigate financial pressures and challenges in delivering services to our residents while striving to balance the budget.”
The budget proposals set out how we address our financial priorities by spending wisely and making savings while continuing to support our communities. We want to engage with our residents and involve them in our budget decision making process.
I encourage and invite residents and businesses to respond to the consultation and share their views on what matters most to them to help us deliver a budget that is Greener, Safer and Fairer for all.”
How to respond
The consultation opens from Thursday 9 November 2023 and closes on Thursday 21 December 2023.