Monday, 28 October 2013

One Week To Go - You Choose How To Spend County Council Budget

‘You Choose’ is a county-wide interactive survey which has been running since September, asking residents to put themselves in the seat of councillors in making decisions where to invest and save money.

Cambridgeshire County Council is expected to make further savings over the next year of around £39 million. This is following savings of £42 million last year, and a further £32 million this current financial year. These savings have to be made whilst supporting and investing in services such as adult social care, protecting children, boosting the economy and looking after roads and transport.

People have had the opportunity to show the Council how they would balance the budget, by cutting funding in areas or raising council tax to balance the books. But the survey closes on November 1 and there is just a week to make sure you have your say.

So far we have had an excellent response from door-to-door surveying. Hundreds of people have also told us what they think via the online survey itself. With one week to go, the Council is inviting people to have their final say and what the authority should prioritise.

Please get involved and fill out the survey here

So far some of the things we fund that people have been looking at include:
  • services that help people get around the county
  • mental health services for adults in the county
  • long-term investments
  • the County’s property portfolio
  • Using more services online
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:
Research & Performance Team: Budget Consultation,
SH1306 Shire Hall,
Castle Hill,
Cambridge CB3 0AP
Councillor Martin Curtis, Leader of the County Council said: "Councils across the land have some hard decisions to make and we want Cambridgeshire residents to have a big say in ours. You Choose puts residents at the heart of the decision making, having to face the challenges we do to balance the budget. No decisions have bean made at this point, but like last year, the suggestions and priorities indicated by residents will help shape the budget.

"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. But with less money from Government and increasing demographic and inflation pressures we have to find millions of pounds in savings while delivering front line services.

"The County Council has worked hard to be efficient and we saved £42 million last year, and a further £32 million this current financial year. But next year we have to find further savings of £39 million. 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."

The survey closes on Friday, 1 November. Anybody requiring assistance with YouChoose please email research.performance@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call us on 01223 715300.