City’s residents urged to have their say on council’s priorities
Residents are being asked to give their views on how Gloucester City Council should spend taxpayers’ money and to choose their priorities as the council sets its budget.
The council has launched its consultation for the proposed budget for 2023/2024, due to be approved in February next year.
It is currently looking at how it can achieve more efficiencies and identify income opportunities, while still delivering key services and value for money.
The council continues to deal with the financial impact of the pandemic and other budget pressures and as a result continues to look for ways to save money. Its recent move to offices above the Eastgate Shopping Centre, owned by the council, will see ongoing yearly savings of around £200,000.
Now residents are being urged to have their say by filling in the survey that takes just a few minutes to complete.
It will help let the council know what residents would prioritise when investing in services like waste collections, street cleaning, combatting rough sleeping or helping to address climate change.
The consultation will close on Sunday, January 15 next year. An online version is available here.
Councillor Hannah Norman, Deputy Leader of Gloucester City Council, and Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources, said: “We know that our residents expect and deserve value for money as well as great services that support our communities. As a council we’re still having to make savings and do everything we can to generate income while making sure we continue to deliver for residents. To assist us in our decision making we want to know what our residents think and what’s important to them so we can make the best decisions for our city.”
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