PEOPLE in Portsmouth are once again being given the chance to have their say on how the council can save money.
The authority has launched a consultation today to find out what residents’ spending priorities are before it sets next year’s budget.
The council is facing further cuts to the money it gets from the government, and has already made £74.4m of savings over the past five years.
But it needs to save at least another £31m over the three financial years from April 2016.
The £31m will have to come out of the £207m of spending under the council’s control.
Almost half of the £207m is spent on looking after vulnerable adults and children.
Tory council leader Donna Jones said: ‘Every year we’re having to make tougher and tougher choices on where to make savings.
‘At the same time as our government funding is going down, the city’s population is ageing and growing. This means increased demand for our care services, which is pushing costs up.’
To have your say, search ‘budget consultation’ at portsmouth.gov.uk and complete the online survey.
Call (023) 9243 7996 to request a paper copy of the survey.