Biggest ever public response

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More than 38,000 people responded to Nottinghamshire County Council’s Budget Challenge, making it one of the largest consultations ever carried out by the authority.

From completing the survey and signing petitions, to writing letters, emails and tweets - the people of Nottinghamshire have been having their say on 50 different proposals, which budgets they think could be reduced and what the council’s priorities should be.

The responses included 8,000 questionnaires, 3,750 letters, 2,000 responses on individual proposals and 24,252 signatures on 32 petitions.

The council is being forced to reduce its spending by £154m over the next three years, with front line and local services being hit worse.

Councillor Alan Rhodes, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The scale of the response shows just how passionately people care about their local services. We are reviewing all the responses with a view to amending some of the proposals, particularly those affecting vulnerable people. However, the Government’s cuts mean we also need to be realistic about the services we can still afford to deliver.”

The Budget Challenge consultation lasted for 20 weeks, from September 2 to January 17.

A full report on the consultation’s findings will be presented to the council’s finance and property committee meeting on February 10.

Any changes to the proposals will be considered when the final budget is set on February 27.

Last year the council launched a campaign calling on the Government to provide fair funding for the county.