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Last chance to have your say on 2018-19 budget proposals and draft five-year plan

There is just over one week of the formal consultation left for people to have their say on Bristol City Council’s draft five-year plan, its 2018-19 budget proposals and a range of ways to close its budget gap of £108 million between April 2018 and April 2023.

The ‘Tough Times, High Hopes’ consultation includes proposals which outline ways to make the £52m of savings required next year (2018/19). Through it people are able to give their feedback on these, as well as Council Tax and Adult Social Care levy proposals.

The consultation closes on Sunday 17 December at midnight. Anyone yet to take part can visit www.bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy to learn more about the proposals and fill in the survey.

Completing the survey will enable people to have their say on the saving suggestions as well as Council Tax and the Adult Social Care levy proposals.

There are three consultations asking for views on specific proposals. These are:

1.Prioritising allowance needs for Special Guardians and families with children who are voluntarily looked after by the local authority by introducing Financial Assessment - www.bristol.gov.uk/budgetconsultation1
2.Increase income generation and efficiency across culture services - www.bristol.gov.uk/budgetconsultation2
3.Removal of remaining funding supporting neighbourhood action - www.bristol.gov.uk/budgetconsultation3

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am grateful to everyone who has taken the time to share their views through the consultation so far and urge everyone else to have their say before the deadline. It’s important that when it comes to making decisions on how the council meets this financial challenge that we do so with as much feedback and opinion as we can gather.

“We have high hopes for the city and want to see Bristol’s success continue to grow and benefit everyone from all communities. Achieving this is going to mean the council has to change what we do and how we do it. We’ve already begun to work much more closely with partners to meet the city’s challenges collectively and it is this city network, which we are just one part of, which will deliver real change for the people of Bristol.

“There is still time for people to share their views and help inform final proposals on the future of council services that will be decided on early next year.”

Alongside the consultation the council is running an online simulator that challenges people to set their own budget for the council. The Bristol Budget Simulator* gives users the chance to increase or decrease budgets across the council, sharing a £345m budget between services. As budgets are changed the simulator explains the potential consequences of each decision, giving people a feel for what must be considered when setting a budget for the council.

Anyone wishing to try their hand at setting a budget for the council should visit https://bristol.budgetsimulator.com/ as well as filling in the formal consultation survey at www.bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy.

Printed versions of the consultation are available in children’s centres, the Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street and libraries. Printed copies and alternative formats of all consultation documents can be obtained by emailing consultation@bristol.gov.uk or calling 0117 922 2848.