Hampshire County Council Leader, Councillor Keith Mans explained: “As one of the largest local authorities in the country, the range of services delivered by the County Council impacts on all aspects of people’s everyday life – from educating Hampshire’s children and young people, managing and maintaining over 5,000 miles of roads across the county, social care for vulnerable children and adults, as well as access to the countryside and libraries.
“In the time between the announcement of a General Election and polling day itself – known as the pre-election period - essential business is ongoing, which includes the routine activity necessary to ensure the continued smooth functioning of public services.
“Hampshire’s 78 County Councillors will continue to deliver their day-to-day duties during this period – representing residents within their divisions, and using their local knowledge and understanding of any issues affecting residents to help the County Council make decisions and check the quality of services it delivers - and how £1.9 billion of taxpayers’ money is spent each year.
“This week alone is a case in point, when, on Thursday, we will decide on the financial strategy for delivering an estimated £80 million of savings which will be needed by April 2021 in order for the County Council to deliver a balanced budget. The meeting of the full County Council is arguably one of the most important strategic decisions the County Council is going to make in the next two-year period, and as such it will be webcast to the public in the usual way. The proceedings ensure important ongoing access to the democratic process and allow for all political parties to express their views and make their position clear – representing a fair and balanced process.”Details of all the public meetings, agenda items for consideration and webcasts can be found on the County Council’s webpages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/councillors