Hampshire County Council is conducting a survey to ask people for their views on options for managing their shortfall of money. Have your say!
By 2019/20, the County Council is expecting to face a gap of £140 million because of on-going national austerity measures, demographic changes and inflationary pressures.
They admit that “finding these additional savings is inevitably going to be extremely tough” and the picture is worsened by the fact that central Government revenue support grant funding for Hampshire will cease altogether in 2019/20 – whilst demand for County Council services continues to rise.
The Serving Hampshire – Balancing the Budget consultation asks residents and stakeholders to give their views on a number of high-level, strategic options including: potential changes to services; further ways to generate income; use of reserves; potential increases to Council Tax; and changing local government in Hampshire.
The County Council is keen to point out that at this stage, they are not proposing specific changes to services. Any proposals will be informed by feedback from this consultation and subject to further, more detailed public engagement. Therefore, only examples of possible service changes have been provided.
The survey can be completed online and closes on 21 August 2017. Paper copies may be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and are also available from Hampshire libraries. Paper response forms can be retuned in Freepost envelopes provided, or simply by posting to Freepost HAMPSHIRE.