Have your say on Suffolk’s Budget Proposals

Last week saw Councillors who sit on Suffolk County Council’s Scrutiny Committee have the opportunity to question myself and fellow Cabinet Members about our proposals for next year’s County Council budget. Proposals that would save £38.6 million from Suffolk County Council’s annual budget. This scrutiny process sits alongside a wider Suffolk strategy, I and others have worked hard to champion and design, to engage discuss and debate more that ever before.

It’s an approach that is all about listening to what people have to say and so we are undertaking the biggest conversation in Suffolk history, bringing our thoughts forward, asking the scrutiny committee to look and look again at our thinking, reflections on the recent MORI polling, promoting the survey on the front page of the county’s website, and undertaking the biggest programme of presentations and discussions in the county councils history as I and fellow Councillors present to different groups, associations and residents. All of which is all about testing out what people think and how we might refine the proposals, before presenting the finalised version to Councillors at next February’s Full Council debate and vote.

After winning the election in May we have spent the past 6 months grappling with the implications of central government’s need to address the budget deficit and fiscal madness of 13 years of Labour misrule which culminated in that now infamous note ‘there’s no more money’. In Suffolk we have had to address and deliver a £90 million real terms reduction, made up of less government grant, inflation pressures and increased demand for services from our ageing population.

This coming Budget is the first part of a four year plan where we have to address a further £156 million of budget gap, and the great challenge to everyone who takes part in this debate over the coming 3 months is if we should not make a saving in this area then they must say where they feel we should make that saving; for we are by law required to deliver a balanced budget. Of course it’s not all bad news as in the same 4 year period we will spend some £1.9 billion on services for the residents of Suffolk in this period.

So please do take part if you received one of the Ipsos MORI polls through the post please do fill it in carefully with your thoughts and get it back to us, or go on-line to http://www.suffolk.gov.uk and click through to the budget survey or attend one of the presentations we are rolling out across Suffolk or go to a Parish Council meeting here your County Councillor will be there to talk about the Budget proposals or simply call email, Facebook, or twitter your Councillor with your thoughts.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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