Have your say on Nottinghamshire County Council’s budget plans

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THERE is less than two weeks left to make comments on Nottinghamshire County Council’s budget proposals for 2013/14.

More than 1,000 people and organisations have taken part in the Budget Conversation so far, with 927 people filling out comment cards or questionnaires and almost 100 using the budget simulator on the county council’s website.

The key findings from the responses received so far are that most people agree that the county council should freeze Council Tax bills

The majority of respondents think that the county council is getting it “about right” with the services it provides to support them and their community

Most people would also least like to see savings made in services for older people

Counc Reg Adair, Chairman of Finance and Property Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Taking part in the Budget conversation does make a difference and it’s heartening to see so many people letting us have their comments so far.

“For those that are yet to take part, it’s not too late to have your say.

“Last year’s budget consultation influenced changes to a number of our initial proposals, including the final decisions to extend library opening hours, freeze charges for Blue Badge applications and meals on wheels and provide an extra £50,000 in grant aid to the voluntary sector.

“Although there has been a good response from individuals, we especially would like to see more organisations such as community groups, charities, parish and district councils taking part. All feedback to the initial budget proposals is welcome - both positive and negative.”

This year’s Budget Conversation was launched on 5tgh November and is open until 25 January 2013.