Unprecedented response to Portsmouth budget consultation

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Portsmouth City Council 2016The Leader of Portsmouth City Council has thanked residents of the city for an unprecedented response to its budget consultation.

More than 3,000 people took part in a survey asking people for their views on how the budget should be allocated, what services they most value and whether council tax should increase.

The level of engagement in the annual survey surpasses that achieved in previous years with 1,689 respondents in 2017 and 1,289 in 2016.

Council Leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: "I am absolutely delighted with the number of people who have taken part in our budget consultation. As an administration we are extremely grateful for every single view given and I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey.
It is vital that we get residents' views on how we allocate our funds, it is their money we are spending so we have to know what they think is important. We have been using the information everyone has given to us to develop our budget proposals and will be sharing them publicly as soon as they are finalised.
We took a different approach to this year's consultation by trying to present the budget in a way residents could relate to. We also held a series of new events with members of the Cabinet and council officers taking the survey out to people in places like supermarkets and leisure centres to try to engage a broader range of people and it has worked really well."

The administration running the council will publish its budget proposals ahead of the full council meeting on 11th December where all councillors will vote to decide on the organisation's budget for 2019/20.

Like all councils, Portsmouth is facing a further reduction in the grant it gets from the government, this means there is less money to pay for public services.

The council needs to save £4m from its revenue budget in the next financial year, this is the first part of £12m savings to make in the coming three years. This is all in addition to £77m savings it has had to make in the last eight years.

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