Answering just three questions could help Kent County Council find a further £206m of saving over the next three years.
The authority is on track to deliver this year’s target savings of £81m on top of savings of £269m that have had to be made over the last three years.
Even so, there are clear indications from the government that the squeeze on local government finance will continue until at least 2018.
With reduced levels of government funding – an expected drop of £56m in 2015/16 – and additional spending demands on service – £36m due to increases in charges KCC pays – the public are being asked how the authority should go about making savings.
- Should KCC be doing more to transform its services to reduce costs without having to resort to drastic cuts?
- Can the council drive out more efficiency savings which protect front-line services?
- Should KCC restrict access to certain services to only the most needy?
- Would people accept an increase in council tax to protect front-line services?
These are just some of the questions to consider if KCC is to meet the financial challenge.
You can answer them in an online survey that runs until Friday, 28 November.
There is also a budget tool to tell KCC your priorities and decide how you would balance the books.
John Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “The extent of the challenge is clear for all to see and the decisions we make in our budget will affect everyone in Kent.
“That’s why we want as many residents as possible to take part in our budget consultation. This is the toughest budget we’ve ever faced.”
Visit www.kent.gov.uk/budget to get involved.