Where would you cut £2 million from Gloucester City Council budget?
HUGE cuts of £2million need to be made at Gloucester City Council and funding for services left, right and centre will come under the budget knife next month.
Council bosses are hoping city residents know where the cuts should and shouldn't be made and have begun asking city residents for their views. Among other items, they are asking whether they should cut waste collections and street cleaning, management levels or allow grass to grow longer.
Pensioner Chris Elliker, from Bodiam Avenue, in Tuffley, said: "I'm really not sure where they can make these cuts because things are already very tight across the board.
"On our estate we have a number of issues which we would love the local authorities to deal with, such as the speed bumps that are a nightmare for our cars, but it's hard to see how anything will be done when money is running short." Mum-of-one Sarah Churchill, a former accountant, said: "They can still protect the frontline services if they streamline what they do.
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"I used to work in the public sector and there is so much waste. The council should be looking to do more things in-house and cutting down on expensive consultants.
"I'd also rather have money directed out of parish councils who spend thousands on fetes and put it back into frontline services.
"And I'm sure the police crime commissioner is a nice guy but do we need that extra expense?"
Cuts have loomed for months. Councillor Deb Llewellyn, cabinet member for performance and resources, warned that she would be swinging her financial axe even before Christmas.
She said: "Money is tight for everyone, including the city council. We have already made more than £6million worth of savings over the last three years and we need to save a further £2million in the year ahead. The budget setting process is complex, but we want residents to be able to have their say."
Residents can have their say at www.gloucester.gov.uk.