South Tyneside Council asks ‘what should we spend cash on?’ as they plan £22m cutbacks

South Tyneside Council bosses want to hear the views of residents as they push ahead with a further £22m of cutbacks next year.

As the local authority prepares its budget for 2015/16, it is calling on people in the borough to take part in a budget survey.

Over the last four years the council has shed more than one thousand jobs, while making savings of over £100m.

But further cuts are needed, and Coun Ed Malcolm, the council’s lead member for finance and resources, wants the public to identify their priorities before the budget is set.

He said: “It is no secret that due to cuts from central government we are facing considerable financial challenges.

“It is vital that we consult with the people of South Tyneside, to find out what is important to them and where they think spending should be prioritised.

“We are looking at every possible way to reduce costs.

The budget survey is in the latest issue of the Residents’ Newsletter which is being delivered to every home in the borough right now.

Residents are asked to complete the questionnaire in the centre of the newsletter and follow the instructions to stick, fold and post to the FREEPOST address.

Alternatively residents can go online here: www.southtyneside.info/budget

The closing date for comments and questionnaires is Friday, December 5.

The cabinet will consider feedback from this consultation in February before the proposals are debated by the full council.

Source –  Shields Gazette,  11 Nov 2014

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