Date published: 15 June 2020
West Lindsey District Council has launched its budget consultation and is urging residents and businesses to have their say.
The Council will be looking to set its council tax as it makes preparations for its budget for 2021 to 2022. It is offering people an opportunity, to understand the current financial situation and share their priorities. Helping to make sure that money is spent on local people’s priorities.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Giles McNeill said that those who take part in the consultation can directly shape the final budget for next year.
He said: “Local people are, rightly, always at the centre of everything we do. The health and wellbeing of our residents is paramount, which is why we invested in leisure facilities, engaged with developers to create new homes, worked with employers and education establishments to increase skills and job prospects. We do all of this knowing you expect us to provide public services that are efficient and effective, spending public money, your money, wisely.
“The global Coronavirus pandemic will leave a lasting effect on our economy, our communities, on individuals and their families and friends, for years to come. As a Council, we have led the response, through organising Community Hubs, provided vital support and advice, issuing grant funding on behalf of the government to local businesses. The impact on the Council’s finances is significant. With reduced income and additional costs; we need to act to balance our next budget. That is why it is important that local people have their say.”
With reduced budgets from central government it is critical that the Council directs its resources in a way that benefits residents and meets their needs and priorities.
Last year you told us that the top five priority areas should be:
- Economy - to ensure that economic regeneration in West Lindsey is sustainable and benefits all of our communities.
- Finances- to remain financially sustainable.
- Public Safety and Environment- to create a safer, cleaner district in which to live, work and socialise.
- Customer- to put the customer at the centre of everything we do.
- Vulnerable Groups and Communities- to create strong and self-reliant communities and promote positive life choices for disadvantaged
Ian Knowles, Chief Executive of West Lindsey District Council, said: “We would like to know in light of the challenges we have faced this year with the Covid-19 pandemic – are these still your top priorities? We want to make sure we are focussing on the priorities that residents have, and not just the priorities that we as an authority perceive.”
The Council has prepared a video to showcase the challenges, its services and some of its successes, which can be used to help inform residents prior to taking part in the consultation, the video can be viewed here https://youtu.be/8AU2HpgfgSI.
The consultation can be completed online through the council’s website or by requesting a paper survey. It starts today (Monday 15 June) and will close at 9am on 27 July.
More details are available at www.west-Lindsey.gov.uk/budget2020