Ely Residents Can Help Cambs County Council Set Its Budget
By MoonRambler | Saturday, October 06, 2012, 10:05
Residents of Ely and district are being reminded that they can have their say on the setting of Cambridgeshire County Council's annual budget. 'You Choose' is a county-wide survey, launched from September 5, that is asking residents to put themselves in the position of councillors in making decisions about where to invest and save money.
Help Cambs County Council set its budget
Any residents who want to let the council know their opinions will have until October 17 to visit the County Council website and complete a survey. There are also a series of roadshows being held for people to have their say in person. The Ely roadshow will take place at Ely Library between 10am and 1pm on Thursday October 11, 2012 and people will be able to share their own ideas with councillors and officers about the budget and the priorities they want the Council to concentrate on.
Cambridgeshire County Council has to make £37 million in savings next year against a backdrop of having saved £40 million last year and a further £42 million this current financial year. These savings have to be made while supporting and investing in services such as adult social care, protecting children, boosting the economy and looking after roads and transport.
The council's website survey and the face to face surveys will allow residents to show the County Council what decisions they would make regarding Council Tax levels and individual service levels and budgets. If people are unable to complete the web survey or make it to one of the roadshows, comments about the Council's priorities or ideas for delivering services better or more efficiently can be sent to Budget Consultation, RES1201 Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mac McGuire, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Engagement said: "Councils across the land have some hard decisions to make and we want Cambridgeshire residents to have a big say in ours. 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.
"The County Council has worked hard to be efficient and we saved £40 million last year while still investing in things residents and businesses say matter like superfast broadband, a new station for Cambridge and improving education and skills in Fenland.
"But Cambridgeshire is not immune from national budget problems or increasing demands for services. The County Council must find around £37 million in savings in the next financial year. You Choose is an easy to use survey which will put residents right at the heart of making those decisions and we can use this to help shape our budget and priorities for the future."