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Have your say on the council’s 2013/14 budget

Due to continuing financial pressures facing the country, all councils are looking to make significant reductions in their budgets.

At the end of December 2012, the government announced that Herefordshire Council’s central government funding for the forthcoming financial year will be reduced by approximately £5.5 million, which represents a reduction of 6.9%. 

Councillor John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “In response to previous funding cuts and service pressures, we have worked hard over the last two years to reduce our spending by approximately £21 million, protecting frontline services where possible.  However, we now need to make additional savings at a time when the demands on many of our services are increasing.”

“After taking into account the reduction in funding from the government and recognising the increasing demographic and service related pressures, we need to save a total of approximately £10 million in 2013/14, with further savings in the region of £13 million predicted each year between 2014 and 2016.” 

He concluded: “We have listened to feedback from recent consultations and considered this along with what we know about the needs of the most vulnerable in the county.  After taking these views into account, the council agreed its priorities as part of the corporate plan in November.  We would now like to know your thoughts on our savings proposals, this will allow us to reduce our spending whilst investing in services and projects that deliver better jobs and wages, improve road infrastructure and provide affordable decent housing as prioritised by local residents.  We also aim, wherever possible, to protect frontline services to vulnerable residents and ensure that our young people have the best start in life.  We are committed to delivering the very best value for money across the county.”

To ensure that residents’ views on our savings proposals are taken into consideration by cabinet when it meets to agree the budget proposals in February, the consultation will be available for three weeks from Thursday 10 January to Thursday 31 January and residents can have their say using any of the following methods:

For any queries or to request a copy of the consultation in an alternative format such as a paper copy or a different language, please contact Herefordshire Council on 01432 383568.

To find out more about the consultation and the savings proposals, please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/yourcommunityyoursay