We’re currently proposing our budget for the next financial year (2019/20), and we want to hear your views on how we should continue to fund the services we provide. Councillors will see the results of this consultation before they make a final decision on the budget in February.
In our last budget consultation, which was carried out during December 2017 and January 2018, we asked a range of questions around the principles of how we fund services and how we prioritise funding to different services. We received a thoughtful response of 1,984 completed surveys from a range of people from different backgrounds, which broadly represented the population of Leeds residents. This has given us some really useful information about what matters most to people who live and work in Leeds.
Local government funding reductions, economic uncertainty and pressure on services have changed very little over the past year, so rather than repeat the full exercise 12 months later, this consultation will present and consider what people told us last year, along with the broad principles of how we should fund services in 2019/20.
The last day you can take part in this consultation is 18th January 2019. The survey should take around 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Questions will not focus on any specific changes that are being proposed to our services. In general, residents and people who would be affected by such changes are given the opportunity to get involved with separate detailed consultations before they are agreed.
To help you consider your responses we will provide a summary of the key points from our proposed budget throughout the survey. If you’d prefer to look at the Initial Budget Proposals (our formal name for the draft budget) in full, you can read this at www.leeds.gov.uk/budget.