your view is key to budget plan

File photo dated 11/06/13 of a general view of notes and coins as parents face a growing struggle as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to �148,000, research found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said that the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 has gone up by 4% over the last year. But the value of benefits for families and children only rose by 1%, and child benefit did not rise at all, tightening the squeeze on living standards. At the same time minimum wages rose 1.8% and average earnings by 1.5%, making it harder for parents to provide a decent standard of living for their families. See PA story SOCIAL Poverty. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 11/06/13 of a general view of notes and coins as parents face a growing struggle as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to �148,000, research found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said that the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 has gone up by 4% over the last year. But the value of benefits for families and children only rose by 1%, and child benefit did not rise at all, tightening the squeeze on living standards. At the same time minimum wages rose 1.8% and average earnings by 1.5%, making it harder for parents to provide a decent standard of living for their families. See PA story SOCIAL Poverty. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

We have started the difficult process of planning our budget for next year.

Once again we are facing the prospect of having substantially less money to provide services at a time when demand for many of those services is increasing.

Despite finding £81 million in savings last year, the council still needs to cut a further £77 million from what it spends each year by 2017-18, such is the ongoing impact of Government cuts.

As a result, we launched our ‘doing things differently’ consultation last week:

The options are: Delivering services indirectly through not-for-profit organisations such as trusts or charities; Investing in initiatives to keep people healthy and independent for longer, without a reliance on social care; Delivering more services online, which costs less and are available around the clock; Providing funding to another organisation to deliver services on our behalf.

Our continuing priority will be to provide residents of Notts with the best quality, affordable services.

We can only do this in times of severe financial constraint by taking a new approach and by doing things differently.

Our questionnaire will only take a few minutes to complete but will directly influence how your services are provided in years to come.

Please take part at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/budget, or by calling 0300 5008080 or competing the comment card in your local library

We’re also capturing views on social media at facebook.com/nottinghamshire or on Twitter at @NottsCC #nottsbudget