Over the next three years, the County Council must find an estimated £154m in savings to public services already depleted by three years of austerity and spiralling demand for support and care services for vulnerable adults and children.
It is likely that every person, family and organisation in the county will be affected by the cuts the Council will be required to make, meaning it is more important than ever before that local people take part in the consultation.
Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on the Council’s financial plight and which services they would be prepared to see reduced or sacrificed all together.
Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said:
“At the end of this process it is likely that Nottinghamshire County Council will be a very different organisation. It is essential, more so than ever, that people take part in ‘The Budget Challenge’, tell us where we should prioritise our remaining resources and where savings will have to be made.”
The Budget Challenge consultation will run until 17 January 2014 in three stages. People can take part at any or all of the stages. Throughout the Budget Challenge, people will be get the latest information and register their views at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/budget or join the debate at Facebook /Nottinghamshire and Twitter @nottscc using the hashtag #NottsBudget
If you’re not online, you can still tell the Council what you think by:
Calling the customer service centre on 0300 500 80 80
Completing a comment card, available in all local libraries
Requesting a copy of the Budget Challenge booklet by calling 0300 500 80 80
Writing to FREEPOST, RLUR-UXJJ-ETZZ, Nottinghamshire County Council,County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QP