North Yorkshire residents are being urged to take part in the county council’s annual budget consultation.

Harrogate budget consultation event

County Council leader Councillor Carl Les said: “By 2020 we will have around 40p less out of every £1 to spend than we had in 2010. This is both as a result of decreased central funding and a significant increase in demand for services.

“Every year we spend £255m on adult social care and public health, £107m on children and young people, £39m on highways and £50m on waste disposal. Forty-seven per cent of our £529m budget now comes from council tax to pay for these and many other vital services.

“With uncertainty around future funding and the wider economy, we need to decide whether we increase council tax and if so by how much. We want people to share their views on whether we should increase council tax before setting our budget for next year. It’s important people have their say and that we hear them.” 

The first part of the consultation includes eight multiple choice questions to help people better understand the financial challenges faced by the county council.

By the end of this year, the council will have made savings of £172.9m over the last ten years. It still needs to make an additional £24.8m worth of savings by the end of 2021/22.

People can take part online by Monday, 13 January, to make sure their comments are included when the budget is discussed at the full council meeting in February.

This story was published 17 December 2019