Have Your Say on the Council’s Budget

Gloucester residents are being asked to have their say by taking part in the city council’s budget consultation.

The consultation runs until Sunday, January 21, 2024, and residents have until then to submit their views on how Gloucester City Council should spend taxpayers’ money.

The consultation is a chance to influence the proposed budget for 2024/2025, due to be approved in February.

It will let the council know what residents would prioritise when investing in areas like waste collections, street cleaning, combatting rough sleeping or helping to address climate change.

The council is looking at how it can achieve more efficiencies and identify income opportunities, while still delivering key services and value for money.

It continues to deal with ongoing budget pressures and as a result it is looking for ways to save money.

The council is currently looking at measures such as relocating the appointment area to the Eastgate Shopping Centre to save around £80,000 annually and purchasing local properties for those needing short term accommodation, which will reduce housing costs.

Councillor Hannah Norman, Deputy Leader of Gloucester City Council, and Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources, said: “We want to hear what priorities our residents have and what services they value when we’re setting the council’s budget. Our budget is limited and we need to make sure it’s spent on the things that matter to local people. The challenge for us is to make the necessary savings and generate income where we can, while continuing to deliver great services and ensuring value for money.”

Take part in the budget consultation

For paper copies call 01452 396 396 or email budgetconsultation@gloucester.gov.uk