This story was published 21 October 2019

As North Yorkshire faces increasing demand for services at a time of severe financial challenges, residents are being urged to give their views on how the County Council should prioritise its ambitions.

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The annual review of the council plan influences how the council budget is managed. People can help to shape the development of the council plan by taking part in the Your Services, Your Say consultation.

North Yorkshire County Council leader Councillor Carl Les said: “The council plan sets out our priorities and actions for the next four years and explains how we intend to deliver services that meet the needs of people in North Yorkshire.

“Despite a decrease in government funding, demand in key areas such as adult social care and services for children with special educational needs continues to increase both in North Yorkshire and across the UK. As a result, we have to look to deliver our services in different ways, to address the challenge of doing more with less.

“Regardless of this challenge, we want North Yorkshire to be a place of opportunity where all children and young people are happy, healthy and achieving. We also want all adults to stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy so that they live longer, healthier and more independent lives. A well-managed network of roads, strong economy and a commitment to sustainable growth that enables our citizens to fulfil their ambitions and aspirations is another key priority. We are also ambitious about how we use technology to improve our efficiency and put our customers at the heart of what we do.

“I would urge people to share their views on the areas on which they think we should focus our resources against a backdrop of ongoing austerity. It is important that people take part in this consultation and we hear what they think.”

The deadline to take part is Monday, 18 November. Comments will be included when the council plan is discussed at the full council meeting in February.