People living in Pendle are being invited to tell their local council where they think it could save money.
Starting on Friday and lasting until December 20th, the council is running a Savings Challenge as it bids to overcome a funding shortfall while working to maintain vital local services.
In 2014/15, the council needs to find savings of £2m, and a further £2.7m in 2015/16.
Coun. Joe Cooney, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “Although the council is well run and efficient, the growing gap between our income and expenditure means services will inevitably be affected as our income continues to reduce.
“We could see up to a 60% reduction in government grant which means we’re facing a severe financial squeeze.
“We want to continue to provide the same level of services to our residents but we have to take some tough decisions.
“That’s why we want people to have their say so that we can continue to work together and make savings in the best way possible – balancing our books while protecting key services for our residents.”
Coun. Linda Crossley, who oversees the council’s finances, welcomes the opportunity to listen to residents’ views.
She said: “Suggestions may be small-scale or can involve significant changes to how we work and the services we provide.
“You can be radical, creative and imaginative, but you must be specific so that we can look into your idea closely.”
The council has pledged to look at all of the submitted ideas. If they’re practical, they may be considered at the Executive meeting in February.
But only ideas on spending decisions that can be taken by Pendle Council will be considered.
Coun. Crossley added: “Last year, we received a whole range of suggestions from residents.
“All of these suggestions were considered in detail and in many cases we were already addressing them.”
To submit an idea go to www.letusknow.org.uk/savings2013
You can also contact Kris Barker on 661614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org