18 January 2011

Tell Lambeth what matters to you: take part in the Lambeth consultation on its budget priorities

Lambeth Council are consulting on the budget priorities for the borough at two events - tonight 18 January 2011 and on Saturday 22 January 2011.

Further information on the budget page of the Lambeth website or see below

Taken from Lambeth website
We will be speaking to residents in the coming months about how we can meet the budget challenges the council faces over the next few years.
Due to the very substantial reduction in government funding to local authorities, as part of their deficit reduction programme, we need to make savings of nearly £80 million over the next three financial years. Find out more on our Budget 2011 – cuts to council funding page.

We welcome your views on how this challenge can be met. If you have a suggestion about how we can save money or increase the amount of money the council receives please send an email to yourchoice@lambeth.gov.uk.

We particularly want to know:
•What services you think must be protected at all costs and why?
•Which services you think could be reduced or have fees introduced or increased?
•How should the council respond to the budget cuts it is facing?

You Choose budget simulator
You can help the council to meet the financial challenge ahead by using the budget simulator to give your views on how the council should balance the budget.

The simulator has been developed using free software provided by YouGov and asks people to reduce our budget by £25 million in the areas they prefer, with illustrative examples of the potential impact.

Public events
We will be hosting public events to discuss how the council can meet the challenges posed by the Comprehensive Spending Review. Due to limited spaces we need you to register your interest in the event as otherwise we cannot guarantee you a space.

The events are:
•Tuesday 18 January 2011, 7-9pm, Lambeth Town Hall, Assembly Rooms.
•Saturday 22 January 2011, 1-3pm, Nettlefold Hall, Norwood.

We will be using 'open space methodology' which means we want you to set the agenda on the day to discuss the issues that matter most to you. This is different from a traditional public meeting where the council decides what the meeting will focus on.