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Time running out to have say on Southampton City Council's budget
TIME is running out to have your say on where the axe will fall on services in Southampton.
With the city council set to announce £13.5million of cuts in its 2014/15 budget, consultation ends on Friday.
Labour council chiefs unveiled their blueprint for the latest round of cuts in November.
Among the proposals, council tax will rise by 2 per cent, almost 100 jobs will be axed and services such as the City Patrol service will be scrapped.
Other services will be scaled back, such as Trading Standards, and the Tudor House museum, which will have its opening hours reduced.
Despite identifying the savings, Labour council bosses are still working to identify how to plug a £1.4million shortfall in the 2014/15 budget.
And the misery of the cuts is set to continue for the foreseeable future, with the council having to find another £48million in savings by 2016/17.
After 650 people have already taken part in the consultation, council leader Simon Letts is urging city residents to have their say by completing a consultation survey in the next two days.
He said: “Please take part in the consultation – we want to hear your views and every form will be read.
“We will compile all of the results and councillors will read what members of the public are saying, and your views will be taken into account.”
After consultation ends, the final budget proposals will be published at the end of the month, before the budget is set on February 12.
You can take part in the survey by visiting southampton.gov.uk.
The survey is also available in paper format in libraries, housing offices, GP surgeries and the Gateway building in Guildhall Square.
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