Serving Hampshire – Balancing the Budget Consultation
Hampshire County Council is asking for residents’ and stakeholders’ views on high level, strategic options for balancing its budget.
Due to ongoing national austerity measures; demographic changes reflecting increases in demand for some services; and inflationary pressures, by April 2019 the County Council will be facing an anticipated budget shortfall of £140 million. With less money available and growing demand for council services, tough decisions will need to be made about what the County Council can and cannot do in the future.
Your feedback will help to inform the approach the County Council takes to balancing its budget. Any changes to specific services will be subject to further, more detailed consultation.
The County Council would like to hear your views on the following options for balancing its budget:
- reducing and changing services;
- introducing and increasing charges for some services;
- lobbying central Government for legislative change;
- generating additional income;
- using the County Council’s reserves;
- increasing Council Tax; and
- changing local government arrangements in Hampshire.
To have your say, head to the council website.