A live online forum will give residents the chance to pose their questions on this year’s budget proposals to Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s leader, Councillor Mohammed Pervez.
Residents with suggestions, thoughts or concerns about the proposals are being encouraged to join the discussion which takes place online on Monday December 19, 2011 between 5:30pm and 7pm. “¨
Councillor Pervez, said
This is an opportunity for the city’s residents to let me know what issues are concerning them and to find out what people think of our proposals. I would encourage people to get involved with the discussion as the decisions we are making have an impact on everyone in the city. “¨”¨We want to involve as many people as possible in these decisions and by taking our consultation process into the 21st Century through the internet we can target a different group of people as well as our face to face consultations around the city.
The web chat follows the as yet unconfirmed extention to the public consultation period for the 2012 budget.
People can also submit their budget questions before the live webchat by emailing email@example.com. While not all questions will be answered live a response will be sent. If further information is required to provide a response, then an answer will be emailed on a later date. Questions should be about the budget proposals although other questions may be answered if time permits.
Councillor Pervez added
The council has been working hard to put together the budget for next year, in the face of fierce Government-imposed cuts of around £8m.
On top of this, we must deal with unavoidable cost pressures such an inflation, contractual staff increments, procurement and the payback for our capital projects totalling around £11m.
In our Mandate for Change, launched earlier this year, we said we would create a ‘great working city’. Our aim for this budget is to help to do just that, by saving to invest.
I am very much looking forward to hearing your views on the budget and the future of Stoke-on-Trent.
This webchat is an exciting opportunity for us as a city council to hear directly from the people who use our services and I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to our budget consultation. Your participation is very important to us.
To become part of the discussion residents can access the forum on Monday by using the link below visiting and following the simple instructions.
Pits n Pots ran the first Ask The leader web chat a little over 12 months ago.