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County council wants to know where to make savings

Monday, 17th November 2014.

With increasing pressure on funding the county council is asking the people of Suffolk what their priorities are ahead of decisions being taken on spending plans for the coming year.

From today people have until January 8 in which to answer a range of questions that will help to inform decisions taken in February next year.

In 2015/16 the council has to make savings totalling £42million. It is therefore more important than ever that available funding is focused on the areas that are important to Suffolk people.

A range of proposals will be considered by the county council’s scrutiny committee when it meets on November 26 with finalised proposals being discussed by cabinet in January before the proposed budget is debated at a meeting of full council in February.

An online survey has been set up where residents are asked to rank their spending priorities. It is also possible to give views via email and post.

Cllr Jenny Antill, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for resource management, said: “When there is such pressure on funding it is important that we understand what is a priority for residents, before we take decisions on spending plans for the coming year.

“There are difficult decisions to be taken but we are working hard to make sure that we minimise the impact to services on which people rely - services may be delivered in different ways, or by different people, but the important thing is that residents can still access the support they need.”

For more information, including access to the online survey visit the county council’s consultation web page www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations.

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