Budget simulator – could you balance the budget?

We currently face a big financial challenge and are balancing the books for next year.  We’ve got to save £25million pounds this year and need your ideas to do it.council budget simulator - Let's talk council budget graphic

We know that the decisions we make are not always popular, but there is no getting away from the fact that they have to be made.  We’re giving you the chance to see how you would do it, by using a special budget simulator.

The simulator shows all the areas where the council spends money. It also gives you the chance to say if you would spend more or less,  and explains the impact of any budget change you make.

When you’ve decided your their final budget submit it to us.  All submitted budgets will be considered as part of the decision making process.

The simulator runs until 23 December, So far, nearly 200 people in Kirklees have tried to balance the council’s budget using their online budget simulator.

You can also comment on how you found the task of balancing the council budget as some respondents already have:

“It’s difficult to balance this very tight budget – I don’t envy councillors with their task, they need to be radical”

“Some difficult decisions. Feels uncomfortable.

“Sometimes you have to do what’s right, not what’s easy”

From the results of currently submitted budgets, it seems that people are concerned about the impact of cuts to vulnerable people in our communities, with the cuts made to services for adults, children and young people being the lowest. Most people are in favour of reducing the money spent on internal council central services, but services such as refuse collection, culture and leisure and welfare are also favoured for cuts. On the other hand, some people seem to be in favour of a 6% rise in council tax and an increase in fees and charges made by the council, for example for car parks. These increases are then helping people to retain funding for other services.

But do you agree?

We want as many people as possible to try to balance the budget so that we can understand what matters to people across Kirklees.

Find out more and submit your budget online at www.kirkleestalk.org and let us know what is important to you.

You can try out the budget simulator at https://kirklees.budgetsimulator.com

Why should you have a go at the budget simulator

Cllr Graham Turner, Cabinet member for resources said:

“The budget 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.

“We don’t take our role in deciding what to spend money on lightly and this is just one way that people can share their thoughts,  I would encourage everyone to give it a go.”

 

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