Calls for your views on rise in Council Tax

Nottinghamshire County Council
Nottinghamshire County Council

People can have their say on proposed changes to Nottinghamshire County Council services.

The council says it has no option but to cut £77m from its budget by 2017/18, as it bids to balance its books due to ongoing reductions in Government funding, increased demand for services and new legislation. £81m in savings identified earlier this year, which are being implemented up to 2016/17.

Members of the public can now have their say on 26 of the 58 options agreed by the Council’s Policy Committee last week. The remaining 22 proposals, relating to changes to internal procedures and staff reorganisation, will be open for comments from employees and unions.

A potential increase in Council Tax would help close the budget gap by between £16.5m and £42.3m, depending on the level of increase. The options are: 1.99 per cent increase, which would raise £16.5m over the next three years. It would mean the average Council Tax bill increasing by 39p per week; 3 per cent increase, raising £25.5m, increasing the bill by 59p per week; 4 per cent increase, raising £33.9m, increasing the bill by 79p per week; five per cent increase, raising £42.3m, increasing the bill by 99p per week.

Complete the survey at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/budget, pick up a booklet from any library or County Contact point from 21st November. For further information call 0300 500 80 80. The consultation ends on 16th January 2015. All the final budget proposals will be considered by Full Council on 26th February 2015.