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Have your say on Uttlesford District Council budget spending for 2024/25

Uttlesford District Council is asking for the views of residents as it starts the task of setting its budget for the next financial year.

Each year the council has to decide how much should be spent on the services it provides to the community. It has now launched a six-week consultation and wants to know what residents think its priorities should be and what it should spend their council tax on. The feedback will be considered as part of the final budget proposals for 2024/25.

Cllr Neil Hargreaves, Portfolio Holder for Finance and the Economy, said: "Setting the budget is a very complex process that takes many months, and it is important residents have an input into how we spend their money.

"Like all councils, Uttlesford is having to manage its financial position against increasingly challenging conditions. Funding from central government has reduced significantly over the years, a trend that is expected to continue, and we, like others, are impacted by global events and a growing demand on services.

"We are in a better position than most councils due to our good financial management, but resources are limited and we want to ensure they are directed where they are most needed. Through this consultation process we want residents to give us their views so that we can respond to their priorities in the months ahead."

There are number of ways in which residents can take part in the consultation:

·       Complete the survey online:

·       Email comments to:

·       By post: for people who do not have access to the internet, paper copies of the survey are available and can be requested by calling 01799 510510

The council will accept emails, completed online and paper forms up to and including Sunday 5 November.

29 September 2023