Budget consultation – have you had your say yet?

Time is running out to have your say on how the council prioritises its budget for next year so make sure you don’t miss out.

We would like to hear your views on what areas you think we should continue to invest in and also where you think we can make savings or run things differently in order to ensure that key services are prioritised.

The consultation, which only takes a couple of minutes to complete, is open until Sunday 8 January and can be accessed on our website: www.buckscc.gov.uk/budget

Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, Martin Tett explained the importance of taking part in the budget consultation. He said: “Some people may be cynical and think that we don’t listen to what they tell us in this sort of consultation but we do and we make sure we act on it.

“Last year for example, a high number of respondents told us that they wanted to see more money put towards road improvements; as a result we have invested a further £16m this year as part of our ongoing programme of works.

“We have also prioritised spending on the most vulnerable people in our communities in direct response to what people told us in last year’s consultation. This has included nearly doubling our allocated budget for children’s services this year.

“So, now is the chance to tell us what you think about our proposals for this year. Do you agree with our suggestions or do you have other ideas that you think we should consider? We want to hear from as many as you as possible in order to get a broad spread of voices and opinions from across the whole county.”

Those who don’t have access to the internet or a computer can still take part in the survey by visiting any of the county’s libraries where staff will be able to help you complete the survey. Computers with internet and free wi-fi are available in all county libraries.