Can you balance Council’s budget?

KIRKLEES Council is asking residents to put forward ideas to help in balancing its budget. 

The council has to save £25m this year and is asking people to use an online ‘budget simulator’ to assess where the most savings could be made.

The simulator displays all the areas in which the council spends money and gives people the chance to say if they would spend more or less.

It also explains what the impact of any budget change might be to that particular department.

When someone has decided on their final budget they can submit it to the council.

All submitted budgets will be considered as part of the decision-making process.

Coun Graham Turner, Cabinet member for resources, said: “The simulator gives people an idea of the scale of financial challenge we face and how difficult it is to come up with a budget, but more than that, it is an essential tool to help us learn what really matters to the people of Kirklees.

“By using the simulator, residents can also gain a better understanding of the full range of service we deliver and the cost involved in delivering them.”

The simulator can be found at

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