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Major consultation set to shape priorities

Exercise is due to run from June to September

Piles of pound coins

A major consultation is set to give residents, partner organisations, businesses and others the chance to help shape Leicestershire County Council’s future plans and priorities. 

Despite saving £200m since 2010, rising demand for services pushing up costs and uncertainty over Government funding mean the council still faces a significant financial challenge.

The authority needs to save another £75m over the next four years and wants to ask people for their views on the significant financial challenge.

In Leicestershire, we’ve been ahead of the game in ensuring financial sustainability. Saving £200m has certainly not been easy but tough choices still loom large on the horizon.

 Innovative ways of working such as investing in property are generating income to fix pot holes but we need to look carefully at how we can free up more resources to invest in front line services. 

No one likes having to take money out of services and where possible, we’ll find ways of delivering them more efficiently. But legally, we must balance our books. To help, we want to hear people’s views on what’s important to them – and I’d urge them to get involved in shaping future services.

The 12-week exercise is due to run from June to September and include:

• a questionnaire - sent to households in a special edition of residents’ newsletter Leicestershire Matters

• an online, interactive tool enabling people to explore the council’s budget in more detail 

• residents focus groups

• workshops with parish councils, NHS bodies, the police, businesses and other stakeholders

• workshops with council staff and managers 

• public events in each district

Plans for the consultation will be discussed by the council’s cabinet next Friday (24 May) – watch the meeting online 

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