Time to have your say on budget

Time to have your say on Council spending
Time to have your say on Council spending

Calderdale Council is urgung more people to have their say on how taxpayers’ money should be spent and what their future priorities should be.

The council is asking people what they should invest in and how services could be run differently.

This comes after funding from central government was reduced by 28 per cent since 2010 and is expected to be cut by a further 12 per cent by 2017/18.

The council will have already saved £86 million by next year, but expects to have to save at least another £20 million by 2018/19, which works out at about £213 per household.

So far, about 1,500 people have shared their views but there are 160 public meetings across Calderdale until the budget consultation ends on 31 October where people can talk to representatives from the council, find out more about the budget consultation and give feedback.

The consultation questionnaire has been sent to about 3,000 businesses and can be filled in online at a local library, museum or sports centre.