FROM schools to street lights, GP surgeries to mental health – residents are being asked for their views on what local spending priorities should be as part of the 2020/21 Budget Conversation.
Tameside Council and NHS Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (which together make the Tameside & Glossop Strategic Commission) is responsible for a huge range of services, spending £935 million a year on supporting local people and businesses.
This figure has decreased significantly over recent years because of cuts from central government, meaning both organisations have to develop innovative ways to deliver services and make savings.
As part of this, they have launched a budget conversation to invite people’s thoughts on two key issues:
- What should be the spending priorities for 2020/21 and future years and;
- Ideas or suggestions as to how it might deliver services more efficiently, save money or raise revenue.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “We deliver a vast range of services that affect everyone’s lives every day – from schools and libraries to medicines and care for vulnerable members of the community. It’s important to us that residents and workers have an opportunity to give their views on how we continue to deliver and improve upon the services that matter the most to them while also balancing the books on ever reduced funding from central government.”
NHS Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group Joint Chair Ashwin Ramachandra said: “Together our services support people through every stage of life from giving children the best start to supporting people to stay well and independent into old age. We want people to get involved in having an understanding of how we pay for this on reduced budgets and we want to hear their views on which services are most important to them and how they could be delivered more efficiently.”
Anyone who lives or works in Tameside and Glossop can take part in the budget conversation by completing the online survey at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/budgetconversation2020/21.
The conversation will run until 15 January 2020 and during this time it will be promoted widely on social media and through networks with partners and other stakeholders. There will be special sessions with various groups, including Tameside Youth Council and The Grafton Centre, to try to reach as widely into the community as possible.
There will also be public drop in sessions on the following dates, where people can find out more and compete the survey:
Mon 16 Dec 1.30-3pm Hattersley Library
Tue 17 Dec 12.30-2.30pm Wellbeing Corner, Ashton Market Hall
Wed 18 Dec 1.30-3pm Stalybridge Library
Fri 20 Dec 11am-12.30pm Ashton Library
Tue 7 Jan 12-1pm Wellbeing Corner, Ashton Market Hall
Mon 13 Jan 10am-12pm Wellbeing Corner, Ashton Market Hall