Plymouth residents urged to give feedback on budget plans this week

Plymouth residents have until Sunday (15 October) to give their views on the City Council’s plans to set a budget to deliver hundreds of local services next year.

The City Council needs to set a budget for 2018/19 that enables it to deliver hundreds of local services with less money.

Funding for councils is reducing and while the City Council has delivered more than £65 million of savings over the last few years, it is now facing a further £21 million shortfall over the next three.

Plans to close the funding gap include raising income through growing Plymouth’s economy, continuing to join services up with partners, investing in preventative measures to reduce the numbers of people needing complex social care packages and making best use of its land and buildings.

An online questionnaire asks people to give their views on as many or few of the Council’s proposals as they wish.

Paper copies can also be picked up at local libraries and at the 1st Stop Shop in New George Street.

Councillor Ian Darcy, Cabinet member for Finance, said: “We want to hear the views and ideas of Plymouth residents before we make these decisions and I would urge people to take a few minutes to have their say.”

People can give their views by visiting before 15 October or filling in a paper copy.