Have your say on how Hertfordshire County Council spends money

PUBLISHED: 13:38 26 October 2016

Hertfordshire County Council is looking for residents' views on how it spends its money

Hertfordshire County Council is looking for residents' views on how it spends its money

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The county council is asking Hertfordshire residents to give their views on its spending priorities for the next year, as it seeks to save £75million by 2020.

Hertfordshire County Council delivers services to everyone who lives in Hertfordshire, including providing social care, maintaining the county’s 3,000 miles of road or running the county’s fire and rescue service.

In an era of increasing financial challenges, the council would like to know how residents think their council tax money should be spent.

Chris Hayward, cabinet member for resources and performance, said: “The council continues to face significant financial challenges.

“Since 2010 we have made savings of almost £250 million from our annual budget and we must make further savings of £75 million by 2020.

“This is because the Government has significantly reduced its grant to councils and because the number of people living in Hertfordshire is growing every year. For instance, an additional £8.1 million was needed to support older and vulnerable people this year. We also have a growing number of children in the county who need school places.

“We continue to seek out ways of making efficiencies, working in partnership and being innovative, but given the tough financial challenge we face, this can only go so far.

“We want to get the right outcomes for our community while giving best value for money and it is vital that we hear from local people.

“We need to make some important decisions about how we allocate money and we want your views. If you live in Hertfordshire these decisions affect you, so please have your say.”

You can give your views in an online survey before the end of Sunday, December 11 at http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/your-council/consult/budgetconsult/yourpriorities1718/?utm-medium=email&utm-source=govdelivery

Hertfordshire County Council’s draft budget will be discussed at Cabinet on January 23, 2017, and will be reviewed at various panel meetings through January and early February.

The final budget and council tax levy will be agreed at Full Council on February 21, 2017.

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