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Hertfordshire County Council

Your Priorities Survey 2019

We want to hear your views on how we should be spending your council tax money over the coming year.

Our services affect the lives of every Hertfordshire resident, business and community. We act as an advocate on our residents’ behalf and deliver a wide variety of services that make a positive impact to the areas where people live.

As with all county councils, we continue to face significant financial constraints. Since 2010 we have made savings of almost £334 million from our annual budget and when we started our planning for future years budgets back in the Spring, we identified a need to make further savings of £90 million per annum by 2023.
 
In order to tackle these issues, we know we must continue to find innovative ways to improve and to reduce our costs, whilst maintaining a keen focus on our primary purpose - delivering high quality services that enhance the lives of our residents. Based on feedback from previous surveys we are continuing to transform the way we do things to enhance our overall efficiency. This includes using new technology, investing in our staff to allow them to be more flexible in the way they work and rationalising our property holdings.

 
However, we are approaching a point where further efficiencies are becoming increasingly difficult to identify and deliver.
 
The improved funding recently announced from central government, along with decisions made by the county council, has helped close the council’s anticipated funding gap for 2020/21. However, this funding has only been confirmed for one year and new and emerging pressures have meant a gap of almost £7 million remains in place for this financial year.
 
We want to hear your views on how we should be spending your council tax money over the coming year. Have your say by filling before our deadline closes on the 15 December 2019.