Residents are being invited to have their say on Corby Council’s budget proposals for 2016/17 which are to go out for consultation following an agreement at the One Corby Policy Committee.
This is the beginning of a two to three month budget setting process and residents will be able to have their say on the proposals up until Friday January 8 2016 by responding online at www.corby.gov.uk/home/council/consultations/budget-consultation-201516
Residents can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or send their thoughts in writing, giving your name, address, and (if applicable) the organisation that you represent to: Adrian Sibley, Director of Corporate Services, Corby Borough Council, Corby, Northants, NN17 1GD.
All responses will be collated and will be fed back to councillors in order for them to make their final decisions on the upcoming budget in February.
Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “We continue to make good progress towards achieving our long-term vision to double the population of Corby by 2030, create new jobs, increase local prosperity, and raise the standard of public services to the very best.
“Things are however getting increasingly more difficult for local government and we feel that we can no longer absorb Central Government cuts and expenditure pressures without the proposed 1.9% increase in Council Tax.
“This equates to an average of £3.35 for the year and follows five successive years of a Council Tax Freeze.
“However, Corby Council’s element of the average Council Tax bill is amongst the lowest in the country and therefore continues to demonstrate excellent value for money.
“Whilst we have already made significant savings over the past few years, the national programme of austerity is likely to continue for several years as it is clear that local Government will continue to be adversely affected by Central Government spending cuts.
“As the challenge becomes even greater in future years we may have to look at prioritising services and therefore it is ever important that we understand what residents consider to be the relative priorities of the council and where future funding should be directed.
“Corby has come a long way over the past 10 years and we believe that with residents’ feedback we can continue positive progress through 2016/17.
“I hope that our residents will support our budget proposals and our continued investment in those services that they have told us are important.
“It’s your money, so please let us know your views, which we will consider prior to making a final decision at the Full Council meeting in February 2016.”