Gloucestershire County Council has launched its annual budget consultation, asking residents to have their say on its draft 2020/21 budget.

The consultation runs until 5pm on 17 January 2020 and asks for people to give their views on the county council’s spending plans.

The county council budget for 2020/21 totals £468 million, a net increase of £31 million on the year before. As well as an additional £12.9 million towards protecting the county’s vulnerable children, an initial £1 million Action Fund will be set up to help tackle climate change.

The budget also sets aside around £73.6 million of capital investment for schools and children and family services, bringing total expected capital investment to around £160 million by 2023.

A further £49.8 million has been allocated to deliver on the third year of the council’s £150 million ‘Your Highways’ programme.

The draft budget proposes to raise around £6.3 million to help fund services through a 1.99% increase in council tax. The council is also proposing to apply the national social care precept at 2%, raising an additional £6.3 million to help manage the increase demand for adult care services. In total these changes would result in an increase of under £1 per week for the average Band D taxpayer.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We have an ambitious vision for the future of this great county as well as a strong commitment to deliver the best possible service now.  I believe the draft budget achieves that balance.”

Read the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2020/21 to 2022/23

Take part in the online consultation

Copies of the survey will also be available in local libraries and in the county council’s reception at Shire Hall, Gloucester.

Alternatively you can print a copy of the consultation document (PDF, 619.1 KB)  and post back to Gloucestershire County Council, Communications Team, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG.

The consultation runs until 5pm on 17 January 2020.

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