Have your say on Council spending and services

council-officesResidents in Blaby District have got the chance to have their say on Council Tax and how the Council delivers its services in the future.

Over the coming years funding Blaby District Council receives from central government to pay for local services will be substantially reduced and the Council is keen to find a way to minimise the impact this may have.

Blaby District Council receives only 9 percent of the total Council Tax it collects from each household, which in total means it receives just over £4m of the £46m it collects in the district. The rest is distributed to the County Council, Police, Fire and local parish councils.

Councillor Terry Richardson, portfolio holder for Finance, Efficiency and Assets, said:

Cllr. Terry Richardson
Cllr. Terry Richardson

“Blaby District Council continues to deliver some of the lowest cost services in the country whilst maintaining high levels of service and customer satisfaction.

“In 2015/16 we are expecting to spend £9.3m on our services, but we now know that our core government funding will be reduced by £600,000. We’re committed to meeting the financial shortfall in a way to minimise the impact on our residents and would like to take the opportunity to ask some questions and get feedback from the district.”

All residents are able to take part in the consultation, however 600 people chosen at random across the district will be phoned about the survey, which is being carried out on the Council’s behalf by CR Research.

It is completely optional and there is no requirement for residents to answer any or certain parts of the survey. All responses will be treated confidently.

For anyone wishing to fill out the survey online please visit the Consultations and Public Notices page on the Council’s website – www.blaby.gov.uk

Hard copies of the survey can be obtained on request, please email corporate.performance@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 275 0555.

The closing date is Thursday 29 January 2014.

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