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Last chance to have your say on council’s budget plans

29 November 2017

People who want to have their say on Bridgend County Borough Council’s budget plans for 2018-19 and highlight which services they think the authority should prioritise are being urged to do so before Sunday 3 December.

This will be the final deadline for completing the online budget survey questionnaires at www.bridgend.gov.uk/future and returning hard copies provided via local libraries or by contacting the consultation team on 01656 643664 or consultation@bridgend.gov.uk

As part of the consultation, the council has organised social media debates, held public budget workshops, met with local groups and provided a survey suitable for younger members of the community.

The consultation is designed to reflect the views of as many people as possible while ensuring that the authority can deliver a balanced budget which protects essential services.

It follows warnings that by 2020, the authority will have had to cover a total budget shortfall of £71m in the amount it receives for providing local services.

The council has already covered £36m of this by reducing some services, downsizing and finding new ways of working with partners.

Deputy Leader Hywel Williams said: “The budget consultation has also highlighted a number of interesting issues, one of the most common of which is the idea that we fund all services via council tax.

“Council tax will raise around £70m, but we will spend in the region of £87m on schools alone so it actually forms a very small part of our overall budget.

“While we’ve been able to clarify this misconception as part of the budget consultation, there is no mistaking the reality of the situation that we are facing.

“People should consider the reality of what losing £71m in funding means as some very stark choices lay ahead of us.

“With this in mind, I hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of this opportunity to help shape our plans for how these challenges are dealt with.” 

With alternative formats available on request, everyone who completes the questionnaire will be entered into a draw to win opening night family panto tickets at Porthcawl’s Grand Pavilion, and a year’s free membership with Halo Leisure. 

For more information visit www.bridgend.gov.uk/future, pick up a hard copy from your local library or contact the consultation team on 01656 643664 or consultation@bridgend.gov.uk

Last Updated: 29/11/2017
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