Due to ongoing national austerity measures; demographic changes reflecting increases in demand for some services; and inflationary pressures, by April 2019 the County Council will be facing an anticipated budget shortfall of £140 million.
With less money available and growing demand for council services, tough decisions will need to be made about what the County Council can and cannot do in the future.
The Serving Hampshire – Balancing the Budget consultation seeks views on a number of high-level, strategic options. These include potential changes to services; further ways to generate income; use of reserves; potential increases to Council Tax; and changing local government in Hampshire.
At this stage, we are not proposing specific changes to services. Any proposals will be informed by feedback from this consultation and subject to further, more detailed public engagement. Therefore, only examples of possible service changes have been provided.
The consultation closes at 11:59pm on 21 August 2017.
Feedback will be used to inform final savings proposals put to Select Committees and Executive Members, before consideration by the full County Council in October this year.
Please return paper response forms in the Freepost envelope provided. If you do not have a Freepost envelope, please post your response to: Freepost HAMPSHIRE