Caerphilly council asks residents for budget help
Caerphilly County Borough Council is asking residents how it can cut its budget.
The local authority wants to spark a debate on the issue of budget cuts as it faces up to life with less money from the Welsh Assembly.
The council is sending out a survey with this month’s edition of Newsline, which is posted through the door of every household every month.
Councillor Colin Mann, cabinet member for resources said: “This is part of a wide range of ongoing consultations about budget issues.
“Councillors and senior managers have also been involved in the process and we have challenged them to put forward ideas on how efficiencies can be made whilst keeping any impact on frontline services to a minimum.
“All the feedback we receive will be used to help us prepare the budget report in early 2010. Councillors will of course have the final decision on the budget and council tax levels, but we feel the views of local people are an important consideration in any decisions that we take.
“The Welsh Assembly Government has already advised the council that the funding they provide for services will be reduced in real terms over the coming years.
“The council recognises that we have tough choices to make, but we will listen to the people and ensure we have robust financial management arrangements in place to steer us through the tough times ahead.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr