Public could get more say in budget process

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PORTSMOUTH residents could be given more of a say in how the council spends its money.

Cllr Hugh Mason, cabinet member for resources, will consider the plans at a meeting at 9am on Thursday.

It follows a notice of motion made at full council in March this year which asked council officers to investigate whether the public could get more involved in the process.

A decision will be made whether to hold a consultation which asks people what services they would protect and cut.

Suggestions could be made on an online feedback form, in writing and by email.

Public meetings may be held to discuss the budget setting process and neighbourhood forum meetings could be used to talk about the issue.

Opposition spokespersons Cllr Simon Bosher and Cllr David Horne are due to attend.