This year’s priorities and budget consultation, launched on Friday 24 July, has now come to an end.
The survey asked residents to rate the council’s priorities for focusing its resources and to prioritise the council’s income and savings proposals. Nearly 2,000 people responded to the survey by filling out an online questionnaire or by attending several drop in events organised across the county.
Councillor Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “We are thankful to all residents who have participated in this survey. With the help of their suggestions and opinions, Herefordshire Council will be able to take some important decisions ensuring we deliver the right services and balance our budget at the same time.
“As everyone is aware, councils across the country have to make some unprecedented changes to services because of substantial reductions in government funding. To deal with future challenges, Herefordshire Council wants to make sure that we have effective plans for delivering services to those residents who need them the most.
“I am confident that with residents’ suggestions and opinions, the council will be able to achieve its target of saving £10 million during 2016/17. We are hoping to have more clarity once the government publishes its comprehensive spending review later in the year, which will confirm the amount of funding available to local government, including Herefordshire Council.”
We are in the process of collating and analysing the responses and the results will be available later in the month. For updates, please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/budgetconsultation2016.