Which Cornwall Council services would you slash: 'You Choose' simulator goes live (From Falmouth Packet)
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Which Cornwall Council services would you slash: 'You Choose' simulator goes live
6:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
'You Choose', an online budget simulator which gives people the chance to try balance the books by choosing which services to chop at has gone live on the authority’s website.
You Choose is the final part of the Council’s budget consultation process which has included 23 public meetings held in towns and villages across Cornwall during September and October, and a Budget Debate with partners in the private, public and voluntary sectors held at County Hall last week.
Following reductions in the Council’s funding from the Government, the authority says it is facing the prospect of having to save a further £196m by 2019, on top of the £170m savings the council says it has already made in its budget since 2010.
People using You Choose can find out more about the services that the Council provides and then choose to increase or decrease the budget available using a series of sliders in an effort to balance the overall budget.
They can then also consider specific ways in which the Council could raise income or make further savings – some of these ideas have come from the 23 public budget events. As they make changes the budget simulator displays the consequences of the choices they have made. They can gain more in depth information about each consequence by clicking on the title.
A spokesman said: "The budget simulator also encourages them to think about the level of council tax increase they think should be set by the Council and any other ways of increasing income or making savings. When they have worked through all the options they will be given the chance to view a summary of their choices. Once they are happy with their decisions they will be asked to click “Finish” to enable their views to be submitted to the Council.
People have until the end of October to use the budget simulator. The results of You Choose will then be included, along with what people have told us through the public and partner budget meetings, in a summary budget consultation and engagement report for the Cabinet and Council to consider.