THE annual Budget Consultation, which asks people for their views on council spending and how it should be prioritised, closes this Friday (September 14th).
People who live, work and volunteer in Tamworth are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to help inform the budget setting process for the 2019/2020 financial year.
The annual consultation invites people to share their opinions and make clear their choices on where – and how – money should be spent. This includes indicating the council services that are most important to them, how much funding should be allocated to each and the various service charges.
Whether you think we need to spend money on the town centre, events, on keeping the town clean and green, on tackling anti-social behaviour or homelessness, this is your chance to get involved and help shape future spending across the borough.
Tamworth Borough Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Rob Pritchard, said: “We know that people have strong views on where the council should spend its money and they may share them with friends or on social media – getting involved in the Budget Consultation ensures these views can be heard and considered as part of the actual budget setting process.
“The views and feedback submitted as part of the Budget Consultation help us to form our spending priorities for the coming year, so this is your opportunity to have your say on how these important decisions are made on behalf of the people of Tamworth.
“It is incredibly important that as many people as possible let us know what council services matter to them most.
“We again face an incredibly difficult challenge in setting next year’s budget in the face of continued reductions in Government grants, but a strong indication from the people of Tamworth about what we should be focusing on will give us a great start to that process.
“We would like to know what your spending priorities are; how you would prefer the budgets to be balanced and your views on spending reductions or council tax increases. I really would urge people to get involved.”
The 15-question Budget Consultation survey is now available on the Tamworth Borough Council website at www.tamworth.gov.uk/consultationuntil September 14. At the end of the consultation, all the responses will go before the Council’s Cabinet for consideration and will help shape the future budgetary spend on council services.
Hard copies are also available from reception at Marmion House in Lichfield Street.