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Have your say on county council budget proposals.

Byline: David Godsall david.godsall@trinitymirror.com

RESIDENTS and businesses in Charnwood are urged to have their say on Leicestershire County Council's latest budget proposals.

People can find out more about the four-year plan and give feedback until January 21 at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/budget . The proposals include saving PS54m by 2022 and set out details for PS36m of these - including reviewing the council's 'early help' and prevention services, reducing adult social care costs, and generating more income - and initial proposals for the remaining PS18m.

Rising demand means that the council is planning to earmark an extra PS17m for children's social care, and inject another PS10m into adult social care.

Deputy leader Coun Byron Rhodes said: "By planning ahead, we've saved PS178m since 2010 and reduced our budget shortfall. But growing service pressures and uncertainty about national funding mean that demand continues to outstrip income.

"We're doing everything we can to lever more funding. This includes providing services to other organisations leading calls for fair funding, investing in property and doing more with partners - income generated is ploughed back into services.

"However, tough choices are set to continue, and we're keen to hear people's views on the proposals. Savings of PS54m will have a significant impact on services so it's important for people to take the time to read them through and tell us what they think."

The proposals include: -tion services including HR, ICT and finance -dren's and adult social care, due to rising demand including two per cent for adult social care - and then by 1.99 per cent in 2020/21 and 2021/22. Each one per cent raises PS2.6m to other organisations and investing in property - this income reduces the impact of reduced national funding broadband and more, supporting new homes and boosting the local economythis is funded by one-off government grants and land and property sales The consultation runs from December 13 to January 21 and can be found at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/budget The budget will be finalised at the full county council meeting on February 21 - watch it at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast

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Date:Dec 27, 2017
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