Northamptonshire County Council has launched a consultation on its draft budget for the coming year.
Over the next eight weeks, there will be a number of ways for people to have their say on both the draft budget and the council plan which sets out the council’s priorities for the next five years.
Councillor Bill Parker, cabinet member for finance said: “A significant number of these proposals have been consulted upon already either as part of previous budgets or other policy developments, and would be expected to be implemented in line with the previously approved budgets unless they had been amended.
“Further consultation will then take place as the plans are implemented. This means where there are specific proposals for service areas, they will be the subject of separate detailed consultations as the proposals are developed and refined. “
The consultation runs until Tuesday 4 February. The final budget is due to be discussed by a meeting of Full Council on 20 February 2014.
How to take part in the consultation
Visit the Draft Budget and Council Plan 2014-2019 page to find out all the different ways in which you can have your say.
The draft budget will be examined as part of the council's scrutiny process. This involves councillors reviewing the draft budget proposals, looking at their aims and how delivering them may affect council services.
The budget scrutiny meetings take place on:
- Wednesday 18 December, 3:30pm, Meeting Room, Northampton Museum
An opportunity for members of the public to give their views about which budget proposals councillors should review
- Monday 6 January, 3:00pm, Blue Room, County Hall
An opportunity for members of the public to comment on Children, Families and Education budget proposals
- Tuesday 7 January, 12:00pm, Blue Room, County Hall
An opportunity for members of the public to comment on Adult Social Care budget proposals
- Thursday 9 January, 12:00pm, Blue Room, County Hall
An opportunity for members of the public to comment on Public Health and Wellbeing budget proposals
- Friday 10 January, 12:00pm, Blue Room, County Hall
An opportunity for members of the public to comment on Environment, Development and Transport budget proposals
- Wednesday 29 January, 10:00am, Council Chamber
An opportunity for members of the public to comment on the final Budget Scrutiny recommendations
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to notify the council in advance, to assist with managing the meetings, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Please email 48 hours in advance of the meeting giving your name and address and the point you wish to raise. Members of the public may also submit points in writing.
Further information about the draft budget and the council plan is available on the draft budget webpage.