Council seeking public views before making budget cuts

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A SOUTH Yorkshire council is asking for views from local residents before deciding how to save £18.7 million from its budget over the coming year.

Barnsley Council needs to save the amount from its current £206m budget during 2013/14.

A council spokesman said: “We are committed to making changes to the way we work, to be as efficient as possible and to reduce the impact on frontline services.

“However, with the size of the savings we need to make, it is inevitable some of those changes will affect local people.

“Before we finalise our proposals for next year, we want to hear what residents think about those which have the potential to affect some of the services you may currently receive.

“Your views will directly inform our decisions.

“All comment and feedback received during the consultation will be considered by councillors when they debate and finalise the budget for next year.”

He added: “We are reviewing, redesigning and restructuring to ensure that we continuously improve to deliver services in a different and best possible way while developing communities so they can make more decisions for themselves.”

To find out how to comment visit www.barnsley.gov.uk or call 01226 770 770.