Grantham people can question county council leaders on their budget

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
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Have your say

A series of public meetings will be held in January 2016 where county residents can scrutinise county council finances.

The public will get the chance to question Lincolnshire County Council’s Leader and executive councillor for finance about the authority’s budget during the meetings.

A meeting will take place in the Council chamber in Grantham on Thursday, January 28.

As well as looking at which services are compulsory and which are optional, the meetings will explain where savings have already been made and how the authority is funded.

Coun Marc Jones, executive councillor for finance, said: “We feel it’s really important to give people every opportunity to have their say on how public money is raised and spent in the county. It’s also important that the full extent of our budget reduction and our compulsory expenditure is explained so that there is a clear picture of the options we have going forward.

“As well as the public meetings, people will also be able to view our budget proposals online when they are released, and give us their feedback. You can already take part in our survey to tell us where you think we should prioritise our spending which will help us make these difficult decisions.”

Lincolnshire County Council is facing a budget reduction of at least £40 million for the next financial year, with savings of at least £130 million needed over the next four years.

The council has put together a survey of some discretionary services to ask people their views on their budget priorities. The survey will be featured in the next edition of County News, and can also be accessed at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/budget.

The public meetings will be held from 6pm until 8pm at:

West Lindsey District Council (Council Chamber) in Gainsborough on Tuesday, January 12

North Kesteven District Council (Council Chamber) in Sleaford on Wednesday January 13

Louth Town Hall in Louth on Monday, January 18

County Offices in Lincoln on Tuesday, January 19

Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston on Tuesday, January 26

The South Holland Centre in Spalding on Thursday, January 27

South Kesteven District Council (Council Chamber) in Grantham on Thursday, January 28.