Have your say on how the County Council could balance its budget
The County Council has launched a consultation to understand people’s views across Hampshire on options to help the Authority deliver a balanced budget over the next two years, through to April 2025 – as it tries to balance the books in future in the face of rising costs, higher demand for local services and years of underfunding by central Government. To date, by planning ahead and using its reserves carefully, the County Council has successfully found ways to deliver services differently and more efficiently, saving £640m from its budgets since 2008. Despite these measures there will still be an anticipated gap in the County Council’s budget of £132m by 2025/26, and by law, councils must set a balanced budget. With much less money available, some very difficult decisions are needed about the County Council’s future spending, and it is important that the County Council listens to the views of residents and stakeholders, many of whom would likely to be affected by the outcomes. Read more about the why the County Council is asking for the public’s views in this consultation. How to provide your views The Budget Consultation runs from Monday 12 June to 11:59pm on 23 July 2023. We would like to hear from as many people as possible to help understand and consider the potential impact of any changes proposed. No prior decisions have been made regarding the proposals. Complete the consultation online You can take part in the consultation via the online response form on the webpage. The views submitted through this consultation will be collated and used to inform decisions by the County Council’s Cabinet and the full County Council this autumn. Your views count Your views are very important. We very much hope that you will take the time to respond to this important consultation and encourage friends and family to do the same.