THERE is just over a week left for Tamworth residents, businesses and voluntary groups to have their say on how the borough council spends its money.
Each year the authority invites people to take part in the Budget Consultation by giving their views on where – and how – resources should be allocated.
Anyone who wants to get involved in the 2016/17 budget must submit their responses by Monday September 14th.
Whether you think more needs to be spent on tackling anti-social behaviour, providing more events, keeping the town clean and green, supporting the town centre or improving housing, this is your chance to get involved and help shape spending across the borough.
The idea behind getting people involved is to make sure we know what is important to residents, businesses and voluntary groups so that where possible, we can set our priorities in line with what local people want.
By getting involved, you can play a role in helping us to form our spending priorities for the coming year.
Tamworth Borough Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Rob Pritchard, said: “We would like to know how you would prefer the council budgets to be balanced; spending reductions or Council Tax increases? We would be interested to know people’s views and invite anyone who is interested to take part in the consultation so that we can capture those views.
“The council has recognised that it will need to identify substantial savings following the constraints in public spending (grant reductions of more than 45% since 2010/11) and clear indications from the Chancellor that austerity measures will continue in future years.”
He added: “The council has a strategy for meeting the challenges and a series of work streams designed to deliver savings and efficiencies and, at the same time, minimise the impact on key services to the public and in particular, those most vulnerable in our communities. We would like your views on how or where to make such efficiencies. We hope people will have their say before the consultation ends.”
Consultation questionnaires are available on the Tamworth Borough Council website at www.tamworth.gov.uk
At the end of the consultation, which started on July 31st, all the responses will go before the council’s Cabinet for consideration.