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Budget consultation open in Bexley as council looks to make savings

PUBLISHED: 11:07 30 July 2015

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Thye council is asking for the public’s help in deciding what priorities should be in the future

Bexley Council is inviting local people and organisations to have their say on its budget priorities and draft proposals for the future delivery of its services.

The new approach puts improving the lives and prospects of the borough’s residents and value for money at the centre of the budget planning process. The council expects to have to find at least another £37 million of savings by 2018, on top of the £90 million it has saved since 2007.

The is the fourth round of budget savings put forward by the council since 2010 as a result of spending reductions made from central Government. Government funding will soon only account for just 5 per cent of the council’s income, rather than 70 per cent in the past.

People are being asked to comment on the council’s strategic priorities and 19 business cases the council is putting forward.

To find out more, and to respond to the consultation visit the council’s website at www.bexley.gov.uk/bexley2018

The deadline for responding to the consultation is September 18.

The council says that the comments received will help shape the development of the proposals and will feed into the Council’s budget-making process, leading up to the setting of the budget and Council Tax in March 2016.

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