Cuts-hit council asks residents to give them their top priorities

Wigan Town Hall
Wigan Town Hall
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BOROUGH residents are being urged to have their say on which local authority services are most important to them.

Wigan Council provides more than 700 services to a population of 320,000. In order to plan its future services the council needs to know which are rated most highly be householders.

Folk can have their say on the Deal for the Future consultation by completing a short survey.

The council has saved £100m since 2010 and has a further £60m to save by 2020 due to reduced budgets. Chiefs say this means difficult decisions are going to have to be made so it is essential that the public tell the council which services they value most.

The Deal for the Future survey consists of eight questions and responses will allow the council to organise spending according to residents’ priorities over the next five years, shaping Wigan into a place where people want to invest, live, work and visit.

Council leader Lord Smith said: “Wigan Council provides a huge range of services which are vital to the smooth running of our borough and the wellbeing of our residents. Through The Deal we have saved more than £100m while at the same time transformed services.

“Unfortunately, over the next five years we have to save another £60m.

“Saving this amount of money is especially hard because now there are fewer simpler ways the council can reduce costs. It is crucial the public has their say and tell us which services they value as the most important. Their answers will help shape our approach over the coming years and set our budget priorities. Now more than ever the council and residents need to work together to enable high quality public services to be delivered.”

Residents can have their say online via www.wigan.gov.uk/budgetconsultation, by emailing 300voices@wigan.gov.uk or by completing the survey in Borough Life magazine, which is being delivered to all households this week.

By sharing views residents could win one of three £100 Grand Arcade vouchers.