Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Putting 'U' in the budget

Putting U in the budget is the council’s aim, with local people being
given the chance to help shape the authority’s spending plans over the
next four years. 

The council is working on its Corporate Plan, which will set out the
council’s priorities for 2012-2016 and wants to make sure it focuses
both money and resources on the areas that matter most to residents. 

Local people can now have their say either online at or by filling in a copy of the survey.
Copies are available at all libraries and council offices and have also
been sent out to around 500 local groups and organisations. The survey
can also be filled out in the Thanet Times on Tuesday 13 December and in
the KM Thanet Extra on Wednesday 14 December. A total of 3,000
properties, selected at random, will also have the survey sent directly
to them to fill in. 

Last year’s budget consultation showed that local people’s top
three priority services were: 
● Waste and recycling collections 
● Crime reduction and community safety 
● Street cleansing 
As a result, these areas were protected from budget cuts as part of the
2011/12 budget process.

This year’s survey looks at which council services residents use, the
places they have visited, how satisfied they are with certain services
and how the council could save money in the future. 

The council already has to save £1.5 million in its 2012/13 budget, for
which draft proposals have just been published. It is expected that the
council will need to make even more savings over the next three years to
balance the books. 

Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Performance, said: “This year,
more than ever, we want to put you in the budget. With cuts to our
government grant and our income, the council is facing the toughest time
it’s ever known, along with all other public sector organisations.
Balancing the budget in these circumstances is extremely difficult, but
it’s something we’re committed to doing. To do that, we need your
help, as we need to know which services are priorities for you, as
that’s where our focus and our money should be targeted. This is
your chance to tell us which services matter most to you.” 

Responses need to be submitted to the council by Thursday 5 January
2012. Hard copies of surveys should be returned to FREEPOST SEA8273,
Consultation, Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Margate, CT9 1XZ. 

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