Have your say: Volunteers wanted for budget event

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Have your say: Volunteers wanted for budget event

A hands-on opportunity for residents to tell Cotswold District Council how they think it should spend its money takes place on Saturday, September 23rd

The Council is holding a half-day workshop at its HQ in Trinity Road, Cirencester, to hear residents' views on its spending priorities and budget proposals.

It is now is seeking volunteers for the event and is offering a payment of £50 to cover expenses, plus transport for those who need it.

A number of over-55s have already come forward, so CDC is now looking for people aged between 18 and 55 to join the workshop.

Participants will get the chance to do some 'budgeting for real' – and will be invited to say how they would share out £10million between services if they were running the Council.

Current spending mostly reflects the Council's priorities of environment and heritage, homes, people and services, waste management and financial control and best value.

Council Leader Councillor Lynden Stowe said: “We want to know what services are important to our residents - and what level of council tax they are prepared to pay.

“Like all councils, we are facing financial challenges and increased pressure to fund new responsibilities and rising costs across the board.

“To meet these extra costs and ease the burden on residents' pockets, we have to make savings elsewhere in our budget and have drawn up a strategy that proposes £800,000 of savings over the next four years.

“The workshop will help us take the views of council tax payers into account when finalising our budget. I hope people will come and join us and grab this opportunity to have their say.”

If you wish to volunteer for the workshop, please contact Marie Whiteman or Jenny Huggins at Cotswold District Council on 01285 623101 as soon as possible.

The Council will also be running its annual round of community meetings across the District to discuss its spending plans with the public. All meetings start at 7pm.

The dates and venues are:
* Monday 30th October - Dolphin Hall, Tetbury
* Wednesday, 1st November - CDC Moreton Area Centre
* Thursday, 2nd November - CDC Council Chamber, Cirencester
* Monday, 6th November - Cotswold School, Bourton-on-the-Water

* Tuesday, 7th November - Community Centre, Fairford

Posted : 31/07/2006 13:27:44

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