Have a say on how to save £29 million from Cambridgeshire County Council costs

PUBLISHED: 10:01 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:01 04 October 2016

Man counting English Pound in brickwall background.

Man counting English Pound in brickwall background.

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Cambridgeshire County Council want to hear where residents think council tax should go up.

Residents and businesses across Cambridgeshire are being asked to comment on council tax options.

The county council wants to save £29 million this year and £98.5 million over the following five years. This is addition to £186.1 million already saved over the past five years.

Cambridgeshire County Council has been looking at the authority’s priorities before deciding the budget for next year, including setting the level at which council tax will be set.

This year, the council wants to find out how concerned people are about the ongoing financial pressure it faces and whether council tax should be increased.

The public are being asked to consider various council tax options, including a two per cent increase to only go towards adult social care, or an increase to go towards all services of 1.99 per cent. They could also opt not to increase council tax, or increase both.

The authority currently spends around £549 million per year to deliver services for residents. And with Goverment grants expected to reduce by almost 50 per cent over the next few years, the council must find ways to bridge the financial gap.

County council officers have been visiting community events to inform people. To comment visit smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CambsBusinessplan2016 before Friday, October 14.

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