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December 2023

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Published on 20 December 2023

Chance to say how council should spend its budget

Budget survey, What should be our budget priorities.

Residents and businesses across Teignbridge are being asked to help shape next year’s budget by taking part in the council’s annual budget survey.

With finances tight, costs increasing and government funding falling in recent years, residents and businesses are being asked what services the council should prioritise when it comes to allocating budgets.

Councils are required by law to provide certain services, such as bin collections, but others such as leisure centres, community transport or toilets are optional.  With funding not keeping pace with inflation, there are difficult choices to be made by councillors in next year’s budget on how funding should be allocated across services that the council is not required by law to provide.

The council’s survey, which is a key part of the annual budget setting process, asks residents to help identify spending priorities by telling it the services that are most important to them.

And it wants to know what residents and businesses think is the best way to tackle any budget deficit - by making budget savings, reducing discretionary services, generating more income or increasing council tax?

The short survey runs until noon on Friday 2 February and feedback from it will be reported to councillors before they make any budget decisions for the next financial year.

Executive member for corporate resources and deputy leader of the council, Cllr Richard Keeling called on residents and businesses to take a few minutes to complete the survey and give councillors a better understanding of what they want money to be spent on.

“The more people who take part and share their views, the better able we will be to shape a budget that meets our statutory duties and continues to prioritise the services that businesses and people most value.”