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Huge response to 'What Really Matters' consultation in Wirral
10:46am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
WIRRAL people have responded in their thousands to the latest “What Really Matters” consultation, with residents quick to have their say on where savings should be made.
More than 3,000 responses were received by Thursday, just four days into the campaign.
Ten events have taken place across the borough so far, with more than 1,000 people giving their views to the consultation team – thousands of questionnaires are currently being delivered to more than 50 locations throughout the borough.
Chief executive Graham Burgess said: “The initial response to the latest round of consultation has been very impressive.
“People are completing the questionnaire at a much faster rate than we have seen with previous exercises and that is encouraging.
“The council has to make some extremely difficult decisions due to funding cutbacks.
"Engaging residents, community groups, partners and staff in informing those decisions is vital.
“There is choice within the budget options so there is a real opportunity for Wirral residents to play a part in influencing how the budget is set, despite the huge financial challenge we are facing.
“I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet completed a questionnaire to do it soon.”
The council must identify £27.5m worth of savings for the next financial year, in addition to the £48m which were agreed following last year’s budget consultation.
To take part in What Really Matters or to find out more about forthcoming roadshows, click here
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