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Budget Challenge 2014 - Consultation now open

The public consultation to help Bedford Borough Council achieve over £17million of savings by 2017 is now underway.

 

View the proposals and respond to the consultation online

 

The Council is legally required to produce a balanced budget every year, a challenge which is becoming increasingly difficult in the face of the unprecedented and continuing cuts in government funding.

 

The latest proposals identify £17million in savings by 2017 and are part of the Council’s drive to identify more than £37million of savings by 2019.

 

Bedford Borough Council is, once again, one of the first local authorities in the country to publish its proposals for bridging the significant funding gap it faces while seeking to protect frontline services. The consultation runs until the end of September and provides local residents the opportunity to consider the proposals made by the Council and respond.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The proposals are now open to public consultation and, as we have done in previous years, we are focusing on targeting bureaucracy and back office costs in order to protect frontline services.

 

“We are being open and transparent about the size of the challenge we face and setting out our proposals as early as possible.

 

“We want to work with residents throughout, and I would encourage everyone to look at the proposals and enable us to work together in meeting this challenge.”

 

The consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 30th September.

 

You can find out more about the proposals and respond to the consultation in the following ways:

 

Online: www.bedford.gov.uk/budget2014

(Red Tape Challenge) www.bedford.gov.uk/rtc

 

 

By post: CONSULTING BEDFORD
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By email: consultingbedford@bedford.gov.uk

 

By phone: 01234 228435

 

In person: At any Bedford Borough library, the Customer Service Centre on Horne Lane or Borough Hall reception


 

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