A survey launched today gives people in Norwich a say on what they want from the city council, as well as a possible council tax increase and other proposals.
Over the next three months people can share their ideas about how the council can generate income in the future, so as to reduce further cuts and savings.
They can also give their views on a proposed 1.95 per cent increase in council tax and about the way in which the council operates a scheme which allows some people to pay less council tax.
City councillors will meet in February to agree the budget for 2016/17, which will come into effect on 1 April 2016.
The consultation, which runs until Friday 8 January 2016, can be completed easily online at www.norwich.gov.uk/consultations or you can pick up a copy from the customer centre in City Hall.
Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “Over the next few years we may look like a very different organisation and we want to know what kind of role people see us playing as we move into different times.
“We have a vision of the kind of council we will be in five years’ time and the priorities we will need to have going forward. This questionnaire is an opportunity for people to tell us the important things we should be doing are.”
The council has five corporate priorities, which are:
· a safe, clean and low-carbon city
· a prosperous and vibrant city
· a fair city
· a healthy city with good housing
· value for money services.
More than £28m recurring cuts and savings have been delivered by the council in the past six years – at the same time as improving services and resident satisfaction.
However, the current financial picture shows we need to find cuts and savings of around £2.3 million per year due to anticipated cuts in funding from central government, inflation and other budgetary pressures.
The consultation is the start of a discussion about the future direction of the council and there will be other opportunities for people to get involved. But in the meantime, this is a great chance to make your views known.