Hampshire County Council is asking for residents' and stakeholders' views on ways to balance its budget, in response to growing demands on council services and continuing pressures on local government funding.
By April 2021, the County Council will be facing an anticipated budget shortfall of £80 million. With less money available and growing demand for council services, decisions will need to be made about what it can and cannot provide in the future. It is required by law to deliver a balanced budget and therefore cannot plan to spend more than is available.
The County Council would like to hear your views on the following options for balancing its budget, as well as any alternatives that you may wish to propose:
- introducing and increasing charges for some services
- encouraging central Government to make legislative changes
- generating additional income
- continuing to use the County Council's reserves prudently
- reducing and changing services
- increasing Council Tax
- changing local government arrangements in Hampshire.
Your feedback will help to inform the approach that the County Council takes to balance its budget up to 2021/22. These decisions could affect you – for example, in terms of how much Council Tax you pay, which council services you may receive in the future, and how services are delivered.
Any changes to specific services will be subject to further, more detailed consultation, at a later date.
Have your say
An Information Pack is available to support you in completing your response.
These documents are also available in an Easy Read format. You can download and print them or complete the Easy Read Response Form online.
Paper copies of the Information Pack and Response Form are available from Hampshire libraries. Please return paper Response Forms in the Business Reply envelope provided. If you do not have a Business Reply envelope, or wish to submit a written response, please post your response to: Freepost HAMPSHIRE and write ‘I and E Unit’ on the back of the envelope.
The Information Pack and Response Form can be requested in other formats including Braille, audio or large print by emailing email@example.com or calling 0300 555 1375*.
You can also email your response directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
The consultation is open from midday on Wednesday 5 June 2019 until 11:59pm on Wednesday 17 July 2019.
Please note that responses received after this time will not be included in the consultation report.
*0300 calls are usually included in most landline and mobile call packages, and if not, are charged at no more than a local rate call.
For information on some of the key services that the County Council delivers please refer to our summary factsheets below.