residents to have their say on balancing council's budget
to Burnham-On-Sea town centre this Saturday (May 28th) will be
able to voice their opinion about Somerset County Council's budget
cuts and priorities.
The council will be holding a public engagement display about
the challenges of rising demand and falling funding.
'Listening, Learning, Changing' roadshow will be held during the
town's Food & Drink Festival in the town centre.
Government funding for the County Council fell by £15m last
year and is due to fall by a further £42m by 2019/2020.
the same time, demand for the authoritys services, particularly
Adult Social Care, is increasing, driven largely by Somersets
less than 20 years, people aged 65 and over will make up more
than a quarter of the population in almost every part of Somerset.
this Saturday's event, people will be asked to try their hand
at balancing the council's budget on a giant set of scales and
to give their views on its priorities and other key issues.
roadshow will also visit ten other towns across the county between
the end of May and early September.
year these events give us the chance to speak to thousands of
residents and get their views on some of the key issues for the
County Council," said Councillor John Osman, Leader of Somerset
are ambitious and looking positively to the long-term with initiatives
like the Vision for Somerset. But once again huge reductions in
funding from central Government and pressures caused by an ageing
population mean we also have significant savings to make."
estimate that we will need to make savings of around £15m
next financial year. We have already saved roughly £120m
over the last five years and it is very difficult to find further
savings without hitting the services that we know residents value."
have worked hard to make this a council that listens and does
its best to take peoples views into account when we are
discussing these tough decisions."
well as the Balancing Act Scales scales, people can show their
priorities by placing coins in our Think Tanks and
complete a short questionnaire. The same questionnaire will also
soon be available online at www.somerset.gov.uk/listening
from the Council will be on hand to answer questions and fun activities
will be available to keep children entertained.