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Priorities and budget consultation: There’s still time to have your say

Budget consultation - Have your sayHerefordshire Council is reminding residents that there is still time to have your say on the 2016/17 priorities and budget consultation.

The joint consultation, which commenced on Thursday 23 July and runs until Friday 9 October, asks residents to rate the council’s priorities and income and savings proposals along with whether or not council tax should be raised above 2%, which would require a countywide referendum.

Councillor Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “All councils across the country need to significantly reduce their budgets and make unprecedented changes to services because of substantial reductions in government funding and Herefordshire Council is no different.

“This comes at a time when we’re facing unavoidable increases in costs and demand for services, particularly for our most vulnerable residents and as such I welcome residents’ views on our priorities, budget proposals and if we should hold a referendum to raise council tax above 2%. The information we receive will help to guide our decisions to ensure we deliver the right services whilst balancing our budget.”

As part of the consultation, we have been visiting locations across the county to answer any questions residents may have about our priorities, budget and services. The second round of events, which run from 10am to 2pm, are scheduled for:

Leominster: Corn Square
Friday 18 September

Ledbury: Charter Market
Tuesday 22 September

Hereford: High Town
Wednesday 23 September

Ross-on-Wye: Market Hall
Thursday 24 September

Bromyard: The Bromyard Centre
Thursday 1 October

We will also be holding our final two question and answer sessions on Twitter (Monday 14 September) and Facebook (Monday 21 September) from 6pm to 7pm and encourage residents to have their say on our #Hfdsbudget.

To find out more and participate in the consultation, please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/budgetconsultation2016.

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