Published on 29.12.2021

Questions sought for Northumberland County Council’s budget question time

Northumberland County Council is inviting residents to ask questions on next year’s draft budget proposals – at a special live Q+A session.

While maintaining quality frontline services remains a top priority for the county council, there are a number of key themes the authority will also be focusing on, including:

Improving the quantity and quality of affordable housing to help create more homes for rent and affordable home ownership.

Encouraging new businesses while supporting existing ones – creating jobs and moving from a legacy of heavy industry into new technology and renewables.

Getting local people into local jobs through the right education and training.

Investing in what people need – such as more EV charging points, new car parks and improved public toilets.

Savings of £9.7million have also been identified to balance the County Council budget for 2022-23. More details can be found at nland.uk/budget2223

Until the 21 of January next year people can go to haveyoursay.northumberland.gov.uk and give their views on a wide range of issues.

And now a special Northumberland County Council budget question time will run from 5.30pm on 11 January where the leadership of the council will answer questions put to them by the public – as part of the consultation process.

Questions can be submitted between now and 5pm on 4 January via nland.uk/budgetquestions  and a number of them will be read out and answered live.

Residents will be able to watch the broadcast live on the Northumberland County Council Facebook page.

Northumberland County Council Leader Glen Sanderson said: “It’s been another year dominated by Covid 19, but looking towards the next financial year there will be a continued focus on economic recovery.

“There will be an emphasis on delivering a green and sustainable future for the county and our climate change action plan will drive everything we do.

“As a council that listens we’d really like to hear the questions people have, whether they want us to spend more or less or certain services, what we’re doing well and where we could improve.

“This is an opportunity for people to ask about the issues that matter to them, as residents views will form a crucial part of our final budget.”

Northumberland County Council’s budget consultation runs for six weeks until 21 January 2022 and will go before Full Council in February 2022.