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Public's views sought on planned cuts to budget
11:40am Monday 21st January 2013 in News
SWINDON Council is reminding residents that a consultation on plans to allow it to produce a balanced budget for the next financial year is to end on Friday.
The council needs to find an estimated £16m in savings to balance its 2013/14 budget, and has already identified £13m of these.
Around two thirds of the savings will be found from efficiencies — including job losses — from within the council, but the remaining money has been identified from services which directly affect the public.
The budget must be agreed by the full council at its meeting on February 21, if it is approved by the council’s cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday, February 6.
The council says the results of the consultation will inform the budget discussions at the cabinet meeting.
Coun Rod Bluh, the council leader, said: “The council is facing the most difficult financial situation it has ever faced.
“We are doing our utmost to protect the vital services to the vulnerable in our society, and I urge people to look at what we are proposing and let us know their views.”
The consultation can be found online at www.swindon.gov.uk/budgetconsultation.