15 Dec 2017

Have your say on council spending

Islanders are being invited to give their views on how the Isle of Wight Council should spend its money next year.

The council has launched its budget consultation today (Friday 15 December) – and residents, businesses, the voluntary sector and town and parish councils are being encouraged to have their say on spending and service priorities for 2018/19.

You can give your views online over the next six weeks, or at special public and stakeholder meetings in January. The online survey closes on Monday 29 January 2018.

“The input of Islanders is valuable to the shaping of our spending and service priorities for the year ahead,” said Councillor Stuart Hutchinson, deputy leader and Cabinet member for resources.

“We welcome views from all contributors as we develop an innovative and workable budget – and one which will allow us to continue to provide sustainable services in the future, within a stable financial environment.

“Particular focus will continue to be given to regeneration, growth and productivity. We aim to create a climate where businesses can thrive - and to encourage investment in the Island.

“We have already made a significant start by securing a new contact centre with the prospect of up to 600 new jobs, collaborating with health colleagues to integrate services and agreeing to continue our partnership with Hampshire for the provision of quality children’s services.”

The council needs to save £7.5 million next year, as part of the £19 million savings that need to be found over the next three years.

Council leader, Councillor Dave Stewart, said: “We have already been undertaking a thorough analysis of all our spending as part of the budget process – but it is vital we develop and enhance this with the input of all sectors on the Island.

“We are determined to deliver a robust, workable and forward-looking budget.”

To take part in the online consultation, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SWK6PSQ 

There will be also be a major public meeting on 16 January at Medina Theatre, Newport (6.30pm to 8.30pm), featuring an interactive question and answer session with leading members of the council.

In addition, there will be a series of engagement sessions with key stakeholders throughout January 2018.


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  • The council needs to save £7.5 million next year, as part of the £19 million savings that need to be found over the next three years.
 
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