Consultation launches on Council’s budget proposals

Public consultation on Leeds City Council’s annual budget proposals to deliver an estimated further £58.4 million savings, alongside an additional £7.4 million of already agreed savings, in the next financial year has now begun.

The 2024/25 budget proposals show how the council intends to address the funding gap including a proposed council tax increase of 4.99 per cent (two per cent of which is earmarked for adult social care funding).

As we reported earlier this month, the closure of Thwaite Watermill museum in Stourton and new car parking charges at Middleton Park, service and staffing reductions and price increases are among wide-ranging changes being proposed.

The online consultation survey is now live at Leeds City Council Budget Consultation 2024-25and will run until the end of Wednesday 10 January 2024. The council would like to hear the views of everyone who lives, studies, works in or visits Leeds on how it should continue to fund services. Views and feedback will also be received from a range of stakeholders including councillors, trades unions, business representatives and third sector groups. Staff in council-managed community hubs are available to support people to fill in the survey if needed.

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and every response will be reviewed with the results feeding into the final budget plans that will be available to read in February 2024.

 

This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds City Council

 

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