Friday, 5 October 2012

Don't Forget - You Choose To Help The Council Set Its Budget

Residents are being reminded that they are being put in the budget setting driving seat by Cambridgeshire County Council.

'You Choose' is a county-wide survey, launched  from September 5, that is asking residents to put themselves in the seat of councillors in making decisions where to invest and save money.  Residents have until October 17 to visit the County Council website and complete the survey.

A series of roadshows are also being held next week for people to have their say.

  • Saturday 6 Oct - 10am - 1pm - Huntingdon - Huntingdon Library
  • Monday 8 Oct - 10am - 1pm - Wisbech - Wisbech Library
  • Monday 8 Oct - 2:30pm - 5pm - Cambourne - Cambourne Library, Sackville House 
  • Wednesday 10 Oct - 10am - 4pm - Cambridge - Cambridge Central Library
  • Thursday 11 Oct - 10am - 1pm - Ely - Ely Library
  • Thursday 11 Oct - 2pm - 4pm - Linton - Linton Children's Centre
  • Thursday 11 Oct - 2pm - 5pm - Ramsey - Ramsey Library
  • Friday 12 Oct - 10am - 1pm - St Neots - St Neots Library
  • Friday 12 Oct - 2pm - 5pm - Bar Hill - Bar Hill Library 

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 website and face to face surveys allow residents to show the County Council what decisions they would make regarding Council Tax levels and individual service levels and budgets.

It has been designed to be easy to use so that people can see what effects their decisions have.

People are able to leave their own ideas and at special roadshows talk to councillors and officers about the budget and the priorities they want the Council to concentrate on.

People are also able have their say by logging onto the special user friendly survey in libraries too. The survey is also being carried out with face to face with some residents.

If people are unable to complete the web survey, 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."