Have your say on Northamptonshire County Council's Draft Budget 2020/21

Closes 24 Dec 2019

Opened 13 Nov 2019

Results expected 20 Feb 2020

Overview

The draft budget agreed by Cabinet on 12th November 2019 is likely to be the County Council’s final budget and lays the foundations for the transition to two new unitary authorities from April 2021. This draft budget continues the work of last year to stabilize the County Council’s finances.

The development of the budget has been mindful of the growing demand pressures in Adult Services and the need to bring improvements to Children’s Services following feedback from Ofsted and as it transforms into a Children’s Trust.

The draft budget has been published a month earlier than normal to allow more time for scrutiny and consideration of public feedback.

We want to gain a better understanding of peoples’ opinions and need you to help us shape the future design and focus of our services. What you say will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

Your feedback on this consultation is really important to us, and all consultation feedback will be analysed and considered, and will help Councillors make a final decision on the budget at the Full Council meeting on 20th February 2020.  This meeting is held in public and anyone wishing to speak at the meeting must call Customer Services on 0300 126 1000.

Please read the related documents to gain a better understanding of the budget proposals before you comment on them. The budget proposals are listed in full on the Draft Budget webpage, and Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) have been prepared for those budget proposals that may have an impact on service users and/or the wider community. These are available on at the links below.

A lot of budget savings proposals relate to decisions that have already been made in previous budgets, the continuation of projects and financial adjustments to budgets with no service impact. These can be found listed in the Appendix to the Cabinet Report with the full list of budget savings but have not been included in this questionnaire. However, you can comment on anything within the Draft Budget in the comment boxes.

The following pages give details of the proposed council tax increase and budget savings proposals.  You do not have to answer all of the questions or give us your feedback on every section. If you do not wish to answer a question or give feed back on a specific section then you can skip those questions and move on to the next section.

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