We have been made aware that Hampshire County Council are seeking views on their next Transformation programme for 2021, which has to save at least £80m
This programme is the next in a long line of budget saving programmes that have been undertaken since 2008 to offset reductions in funding from Central Government.
As a county we have seen vital services cease to exist, others that have been reduced to a level that impacts the most vulnerable members of our communities. The question is always asked what more is their to reduce. Well we URGE you to read the documentation and have your say.
Have your say on how the County Council could balance its budget
Hampshire County Council is asking for residents' and stakeholders' views on ways to balance its budget, in response to growing demands on council services and continuing pressures on local government funding.
By April 2021, the County Council will be facing an anticipated budget shortfall of £80 million. With less money available and growing demand for council services, decisions will need to be made about what it can and cannot provide in the future. It is required by law to deliver a balanced budget and therefore cannot plan to spend more than is available.
The County Council would like to hear your views on the following options for balancing its budget, as well as any alternatives that you may wish to propose:
introducing and increasing charges for some services
encouraging central Government to make legislative changes
generating additional income
continuing to use the County Council's reserves prudently
reducing and changing services
increasing Council Tax
changing local government arrangements in Hampshire.
Your feedback will help to inform the approach that the County Council takes to balance its budget up to 2021/22. These decisions could affect you – for example, in terms of how much Council Tax you pay, which council services you may receive in the future, and how services are delivered.
Any changes to specific services will be subject to further, more detailed consultation, at a later date.
An Information Pack is available to support you in completing your response.
These documents are also available in an Easy Read format. You can download and print them or complete the Easy Read Response Form online.
Paper copies of the Information Pack and Response Form are available from Hampshire libraries.
Please return paper Response Forms in the Business Reply envelope provided. If you do not have a Business Reply envelope, or wish to submit a written response, please post your response to: Freepost HAMPSHIRE and write ‘I and E Unit’ on the back of the envelope.
The Information Pack and Response Form can be requested in other formats including Braille, audio or large print by emailing [email protected] or calling 0300 555 1375*.
You can also email your response directly to [email protected]
The consultation is open from midday on Wednesday 5 June 2019 until 11:59pm on Wednesday 17 July 2019.
Please note that responses received after this time will not be included in the consultation report.