Bud­get con­sul­ta­tion re­sponses hit record high

Glamorgan Gazette - - News -

RE­SPONSES to Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil’s (BCBC) bud­get con­sul­ta­tion hit a record high this year with more than 2,600 peo­ple com­plet­ing sur­veys.

The “Shap­ing Brid­gend’s Fu­ture” con­sul­ta­tion closed on Novem­ber 18 and asked res­i­dents ques­tions such as how much ex­tra coun­cil tax they would be will­ing to pay, which ser­vices should be cut, and which should be pro­tected in the lo­cal authority’s bud­get for next year.

Speak­ing at a re­cent full coun­cil meet­ing, BCBC deputy leader and cab­i­net mem­ber for re­sources Hy­wel Wil­liams said: “The con­sul­ta­tion was de­signed so that there can be no mis­un­der­stand­ings over the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion or what the ef­fect of in­evitable bud­get cuts will be.

“A full anal­y­sis of the feed­back and com­ments that we have re­ceived is cur­rently un­der way and this will form the ba­sis of a re­port to Cab­i­net next month.”

The con­sul­ta­tion recorded the coun­cil’s high­est lev­els of en­gage­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion yet, with 2,677 com­pleted sur­veys re­turned com­pared to 1,858 last year.

The coun­cil said it also saw a 102% in­crease in peo­ple tak­ing part in en­gage­ment ses­sions, which in­cluded work­shops and road­show events, with 5,288 peo­ple in­volved this year com­pared to 2,619 peo­ple last year.

At the meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 21, Coun­cil­lor Wil­liams said: “With the con­sul­ta­tion avail­able in a range of ac­ces­si­ble for­mats, we un­der­took a full pub­lic­ity pro­gramme, or­gan­ised a se­ries of pub­lic en­gage­ment stands at key lo­ca­tions around the county, and car­ried out a so­cial me­dia de­bate on Twitter and Facebook.

“We also held a se­ries of very pro­duc­tive bud­get work­shops at se­condary schools and pri­mary schools.”

“The con­sul­ta­tion views will now be used to help in­form our de­ci­sion­mak­ing on the bud­get for 2019-20.”

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