Your chance to bal­ance the coun­cil bud­get

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EVER fan­cied your­self as a fi­nan­cial ex­pert or reckon you could do a bet­ter job than those cur­rently re­spon­si­ble for set­ting coun­cil bud­gets?

What are your pri­or­ity ar­eas for coun­cil spend­ing this year and where do you think your author­ity could be sav­ing money?

Well now’s your chance to have your say and prove your­self as a lo­cal gov­ern­ment fi­nance guru with Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil’s on­line bud­get sim­u­la­tor.

Un­til De­cem­ber 17, the bud­get sim­u­la­tor will be open to give you the chance to close the coun­cil’s bud­get gap of £5.9m, and set the bud­get ac­cord­ing to the ar­eas that are im­por­tant to you.

The sim­u­la­tor al­lows you to in­crease or de­crease the amount of ex­pen­di­ture in ar­eas such as ed­u­ca­tion, chil­dren’s ser­vices, coun­cil tax and front­line ser­vices and gives you the op­por­tu­nity to make your com­ments on each of these ar­eas.

But with each de­ci­sion made, a con­se­quence for the ser­vice area af­fected is shown on screen and the to­tal ex­pen­di­ture and over­spend is dis­played through­out the process with a con­stant re­minder of how far you have to go to set a le­gally bal­anced bud­get which the coun­cil has to do.

The coun­cil’s ini­tial pre­dicted gap for 201920 of £9.9m was re­duced af­ter the pro­vi­sional Welsh Gov­ern­ment set­tle­ment saw RCT re­ceive a 0.3% in­crease.

Over the past 10 years, Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil has had to save more than £87m from its rev­enue bud­get.

The coun­cil says it has five pri­or­i­ties for the fu­ture which in­clude dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion, early in­ter­ven­tion and pre­ven­tion, com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion, ef­fi­ciency and in­de­pen­dence for peo­ple by in­vest­ing in com­mu­nity ser­vices.

The coun­cil will also be hold­ing var­i­ous pub­lic en­gage­ment events through­out Novem­ber in­clud­ing town cen­tre events in Moun­tain Ash on Novem­ber 16, Pon­typridd on Novem­ber 23 and Tony­pandy on Novem­ber 28, all be­tween 10am and 2pm.

There will also be events at Llantrisant Leisure Cen­tre, So­bell Leisure Cen­tre, Hawthorn Leisure Cen­tre and Rhondda Sports Cen­tre from 5pm to 7pm be­tween Novem­ber 15 and Novem­ber 26.

Li­braries in Tre­orchy, Aber­cynon, Aber­dare, Pon­ty­clun, Fern­dale, Porth, Hir­waun and Pon­typridd will also hold drop-in events be­tween Novem­ber 12 and De­cem­ber 13

To set your ideal bud­get and find out more about the pub­lic events, visit rctcbc.gov. uk/EN/Get­Involved/ Con­sul­ta­tions/Bud­get Con­sul­ta­tion201920. aspx

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