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Portsmouth residents asked for budget views

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your-city-your-sayPortsmouth residents are being asked to help shape the city's budget strategy for future years.

Portsmouth City Council has launched a budget consultation to help inform decisions for the authority's 2019-20 budget and the results will also be used to set priorities for coming years.

Like all councils, Portsmouth is facing a further reduction in the grant it gets from the government. In the coming three years, the council needs to save another £12m from its revenue budget. This is in addition to £77m savings it has had to make in the last eight years.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Deputy Leader of the council, said: "Residents are at the centre of everything we do so it is important we get their views on how we spend public money and what services they value, particularly when we have less money to spend.
We're asking residents how they would allocate the budget if they were in charge of it and this will inform not only our budget for next year but also the strategic direction we take going forward.
The consultation is running for seven weeks so that we'll have the opportunity to engage with some of the neighbourhood forums in the city who are meeting in late October and we're working on plans for a series of engagement events around Portsmouth which will be announced in the coming weeks.
We're also keen to hear from businesses and hope as many people as possible will take part in our survey."

The survey will run until 28th October, with residents being asked what council services they value the most, how they would allocate money and if there should be a council tax increase.

To have their say, people can:

  • Complete an online survey at www.portsmouth.gov.uk.
  • Get a paper copy of the survey from main reception at the Civic Offices, any Portsmouth housing office, any council library, any council community centre any council leisure centre or by calling 02392 688 073.
  • Find Portsmouth City Council on Facebook.

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