Hull residents asked to ‘take control’ of council budget

Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by KCFM

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Hull residents have the opportunity to use a simulator to take control a hypothetical budget to let Hull City Council know where they think money should be spent.

The simulator has been designed to help the council better understand residents’ priorities, while allowing them to suggest where the authority can make savings or investments.

Hull City Council has saved £104 million during the last five years, with further cuts expected in the future.

Darren Hale, deputy Hull City Council leader and portfolio holder for finance, land and property, said: “Our current spending for 2015-16 is £386 million, central government have already reduced our funding by £25 million this year and it is likely it will be reduced even more next year.

“Between 2010 and 2016 we have lost £324 per head, so it is clear to see that the financial challenges we face are incredibly difficult.

“We need to be careful about how and where we spend our money in the short and long term, and it is important for us to understand what matters most to the people of Hull.

“This is why we are asking residents to tell us where they think we can save, where we should spend more and where we can raise more income.

“It also shows that there are no easy choices, and that balancing the budget is not easy.”

The simulator is available until January 14.

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Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by KCFM

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