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Public survey - Have your say on the council's budget for 2019/20

Online public survey open until 30 September 2018.

Have your say on the council's budget for 2019/20

How should the council best spend money on local services, how could it raise more money to support those services and what matters most to you?

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Every year the council has to set a budget that balances spending on services with the resources available to it.

In recent years, the government has been reducing its general grant to the Council. By March 2020, Basildon Council will get no general government grant funding at all. This means the Council must get all its income from council tax, business rates, money it can raise itself and specific grants it can bid for.

All the time demand for services is increasing.

To keep balancing its budget, it is likely that the Council will have to reduce its spending and increase its income.

On current forecasts, if the Council takes no action, it expects to have a shortfall in its budget of £1.5 million by 2019/20, rising to £3.5 million in 2021/22.

The Council would like your views on how it spends its money, how it might raise more money and the level at which it should set the council tax next year.

The information from this survey will be used by councillors as they set the budget and council tax for 2019/20.

For anyone who would like to complete the survey but needs help to do so, we can make special arrangements. Please contact customer services in the Basildon Centre or call 01268 533333.

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