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Lichfield and Burntwood residents urged to air their views on council budget

Time is running out for Lichfield and Burntwood residents to have their say on Staffordshire County Council’s budget.

Council leader Philip Atkins at a budget consultation event

Council leader Philip Atkins at a budget consultation event

An online questionnaire is available until Monday (November 23) to allow people to submit their views on what the council’s priority areas should be when it sets next year’s budget.

Feedback from the questionnaire will be used in addition to the views of people who have attended two consultation events.

An adults’ event, which was attended by residents selected from the council’s People’s Panel, highlighted spending priorities including supporting the increasing number of older people, those with disabilities and vulnerable children. Improving people’s general health and increased employment opportunities were also high on their list.

Young people who are members of youth forums across the county met with councillors at their event earlier this month.

County Council Leader Philip Atkins said:

“We’re committed to improving all of our services to the people of Staffordshire. We also want to do it in the most efficient way we can to get the best value for them and keep our portion of the council tax at a low level.

“People’s views are vital and will influence us when it comes to making the tough decisions that need to be made when setting the budget.”

The questionnaire can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/budgetconsult09.

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1 Comment

  1. johnthemon

    21st November, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I thought it was quite amusing when looking through the questionnaire, the very last question which was optional incidentally, if you want to enter a free draw for two £20 high street vouchers, leave your name and address.

    SCC is very carefree with throwing our money around, and they want us to fill in a questionnaire to tell them how to do it, what a laugh.