Nottingham

Public asked for Nottingham budget cut views

Suggestions on where to make budget cuts of about £25m a year in Nottingham are being sought.

The city council has launched a consultation to ask residents which services they want protected.

The government is expected to unveil local authority funding cuts of about 25% in the Comprehensive Spending Review to be announced on 20 October.

The council said they were already working to save money but a major impact on services was inevitable.

The eight-week consultation will include an online survey, a survey in the Labour-controlled council's Arrow magazine, a series of 'have your say' events and contact with the local voluntary and business sectors.

Leader of Nottingham City Council, councillor Jon Collins, said: "Although we've already made £31m of savings over the last two years and will look for efficiencies and to cut out waste first, it's difficult to see how cuts of this scale can be made without cutting services that people want and will notice when they have gone.

"That's why we want to know which services people value most so that if possible, the impact on them can be minimised."

Options include further reducing or removing some services, finding new ways of delivering them or introducing or increasing charges, Mr Collins said.

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