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Council to ask Lichfield and Burntwood residents where they want spending prioritised

People living in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked where they want Lichfield District Council to prioritise spending as it continues to make cuts due to reductions in funding from the Government.

The local authority said core grants from Westminster would be stopped altogether during the coming financial year.

Mike Wilcox

Cllr Mike Wilcox

Leader Mike Wilcox said the council may need to make tough choices in order to plug the financial gap.

“Due to the funding cuts, we need to find more savings and generate more income,” he said.

“This is why we’re once again asking local people across the district to give their views through an online questionnaire on what our funding priorities should be, where we could reduce spending, and ideas on how to increase income.

“We’re also asking what council tax increase we should consider for next year, and give a range of options to choose from.”

The Your View questionnaire is available to fill in online until 5pm on 21st November.

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  1. Debbie S

    23rd October, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    All very well but where can we find this online questionnaire and how will it’s presence be communicated to ensure a wide selection of views are collected? Or maybe it will be just issued to his cronies?

  2. Joanne Grange

    23rd October, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve got a suggestion on how the council can save money. How about not issuing questionnaires when we all know the answers provided will be completely disregarded? That way the council will save the staff time for whoever designed the questions, staff time in analysing the answers, staff time in coming up with the reasons why the answers given by the electorate will be disregarded, and costs of meetings for councillors to ratify the reasons provided by the officers about why the answers will be disregarded. Of course there’s always the chance that the electorate will inadvertently come up with answers Cllr Wilcox is looking for and the questionnaire will be deemed to be a great example of consultation, but I suspect that’s not likely. I can’t imagine many council taxpayers suggesting setting up a speculative property company for people with no relevant experience to gamble with our council tax.