Have your say on Welwyn Hatfield Council budget

PUBLISHED: 06:21 19 October 2011

Councillor Alan Franey

Councillor Alan Franey


TIME is running out for residents to have their say about Welwyn Hatfield Council services ahead of next year’s budget.

As austerity measures continue to bite, the council estimates it will need to find a reduction of 10 per cent in the next financial year – which is around £1.5m of savings.

And the public are being asked for their ideas and thoughts about the services it should provide.

Cllr Alan Franey, executive member for resources, said: “Spending cuts have fallen heaviest on local government.

“Welwyn Hatfield, like other councils around the country, still needs to make savings.

“Our council in particular was hit very hard by changes to the way that government grant funding is apportioned: we will lose around 28 per cent of our grant funding over the next four years, or over £2m in total.”

He added: “The views of residents are vital in the decision-making process and we hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to assist us.”

A short survey can be completed online at www.welhat.gov.uk/budget2012

The consultation closes on Tuesday, November 1.

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