Online budget simulator launched in Middlesbrough

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The simulator invites users to consider where the cuts should fall

Middlesbrough residents are being given the opportunity to balance the council's budget online.

Middlesbrough Council has to make savings of £45m over four years, leading to the loss of between 400 and 500 jobs.

The online budget simulator invites users to consider where the cuts should fall.

Their views will then form part of the detailed public consultation in the run-up to next year's budget.

The online You Choose budget simulator shows both the cash savings available as well as the drawbacks.

It was originally developed by the London Borough of Redbridge in partnership with YouGov and the Local Government Group.

Councillor Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council's executive member for resources, said: "Some services will inevitably cease once funding ends, while difficult choices will have to be made in many other areas.

"We will do all we can to protect jobs and frontline services, but we also need to know what the public's priorities are - the services they want to keep, and those they feel are less essential.

"This online tool gives a good idea of the challenges we will face over the coming months, and it will help to inform the public of how and why certain decisions are made."

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