residents invited to have a say on council's budget priorities
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge can now go online to share their
views on Somerset County Councils financial priorities.
Government funding for the council fell by £15m last year
and is due to fall by a further £42m by 2019/2020. The authority
says it is therefore keen to understand local peoples priorities.
An online survey is now available asking residents to give their
priorities plus views on some key issues and opportunities like
devolution and the councils Vision for Somerset.
You can find the online survey and some background information
on the Councils website here.
John Osman, Leader of Somerset County Council said: "We need
to make savings of around £15m next financial year and its
important that we understand peoples priorities."
are ambitious and looking positively to the future 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 there will be more difficult decisions ahead."
is the fourth year the authority has run Internet and physical
events, as part of its Listening Learning Changing (LLC) initiative,
asking people to get involved.
council says that while its funding has been cut, demand for the
authoritys services, particularly Adult Social Care, are
increasing, driven largely by Somersets ageing population.
It says that in less than 20 years, people aged 65 and over will
make up more than a quarter of the population in almost every
part of the county.
Above, Somerset County Council's headquarters