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Draft Council Budget - Have Your Say

This article was published in January 2015. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Central BedfordshireAt the end of February, Central Bedfordshire Council will decide spending on local services such highways, care services, refuse collection and recycling, libraries and leisure as it sets the budget for the next financial year (April 2015 to March 2016). These decisions affect everyone and so we're seeking your views on a £186m spending package that will see more money spent in areas of greatest need. The draft budget proposes no increase in our share of council tax for the fifth consecutive year and protection of public facing services. It also proposes some efficiency savings to balance the books. 

This year's budget has been informed by a public consultation, which saw 2,500 residents share their views on the council's budget. And there is still time for you give us your views.

Before having your say, you can find out information on our plans by visiting our website

There you will find links to the Budget 2015 leaflet and to the full Budget 2015 papers, which will be discussed at the Council's Executive meeting on 13 January.

You can then have your say by completing the online questionnaire by 3 February, 2015.

Police Authority Budget 2012-13 Survey

This article was published in December 2011. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Bedfordshire Police AuthorityBedfordshire Survey seeking local views on policing

Bedfordshire Police Authority is an organisation responsible for overseeing Bedfordshire Police.  It is made up from elected councillors and independent members.  The Police Authority appoints the chief police officers, sets the long term strategy and budget and scrutinises issues that concern local people.

The survey invites residents to outline their policing priorities to help shape service delivery over the next three years.

Please complete the survey here

If you would like a paper copy of the survey please email us at [email protected]

We would be grateful if you could forward this email to anyone you know who lives in Bedfordshire who might be interested in sharing their views on policing.

Budget 2012 - A message from Councillor James Jamieson

This article was published in September 2011. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Central Bedfordshire Budget 2012

Have your say before Friday, 14th October.

Every day of the year, Central Bedfordshire Council provides services to Eaton Bray and other communities around Central Beds. All of us will make use of some of these services, whether they are road maintenance, waste collection or the social care services that protect vulnerable children and adults; Central Bedfordshire Council spends more than £180 million a year delivering these services.

Looking ahead, there will be less Government grant available for the Council than there has been in the past, as efforts to tackle the national deficit continue. There are also increasing pressures on some of the services provided by the Council because of increasing needs and rising costs.

Central Bedfordshire Council achieved savings of more than £20 million already from reviewing what they do and how they work. This year they must save another £19m and expect further reductions in the next fnancial year.

Taking all these factors into consideration, the Council is preparing a financial strategy for the next four years - and would like your views to be "at the heart of the plans".

Whatever your opinions, please take this opportunity to
shape the plans and make your council tax money count!
Complete the Budget Survey 2012 online.

Complete the Budget 2012 survey

To have your say on the council's budget priorities, you can complete the survey online using the Budget Survey 2012 form.

Alternatively, please print and complete the survey and return by Friday, 14 October 2011 (you do not need a stamp) to:

Budget Consultation,
Central Bedfordshire Council,
Priory House, Monks Walk,
SG17 5TQ

What happens next?

The feedback from this survey will help Councillors prepare options for savings for next year and beyond, with consultation on these options during December 2011 and January 2012.

You can keep up to date with the council's budget setting process at

Source: Central Bedfordshire Council