Ceredigion residents will have the chance to show how they want the council budget to be spent in 2020-2021. The feedback from residents will help the council to set next year’s budget.

Ceredigion County Council will hold an online budget challenge exercise during autumn 2019. A budget simulator will give residents the chance to decide where they would prioritise spending. They will be challenged to make savings to the budget by reducing the amount they spend on council services.

Despite the challenge being online only, residents who want to take part but can’t complete the online challenge will be able to get assisted digital support from council libraries.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd is the Cabinet member responsible for Finance. He said, “Cuts from central government and increasing cost pressures means that we have had to make cuts to services. Every year we have the almost impossible job of setting the budget wanting to offer the best services to residents, while being forced to make cuts to budgets.”

“This year, we want to give residents the chance to show us how they would set and cut the council budget. After all, it is their services which are effected. After years of cuts from central government, council services are down to the bone; so any further cut is going to be painful and will have consequences for services. This is the reality of what we face, and we want residents to have their say on how this should be done.”

Once participants have set the budget, the results can be submitted. The data that is received will be used to prepare an analysis report. The report will help with the budget setting process for 2020-21.