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Have your say on the county budget for 2017/18


Gloucestershire County Council is asking residents if they support the council's proposals to focus on vulnerable adults and children as well as prioritising the county's roads in next year's budget.

Last week, cabinet approved the annual budget for 2017/18, and a consultation has now launched for people to give their view on the proposed budget.

The consultation includes questions about how important people it is for the council to focus on supporting the most vulnerable and what residents think about the council's budget proposals for 2017/18.

The consultation was launched yesterday and is available to complete by visiting new window. The consultation will be open until 19th January 2017.

The budget includes proposals for more money to invest in social workers and support for children in care including intensive recovery and intervention, investments in employment and transitions for people with learning disabilities, more mental health professionals, and prioritising the county's roads.

The council is proposing a 1.99 per cent council tax increase and an adult social care levy of 2 per cent on top.

Government is allowing local councils to continue the adult social care levy, which was introduced last year in recognition that social care continues to be the greatest pressure on local councils with more and more people requiring support later in life.

Continuing the levy raises an additional £4.98 million that can only be spent on vulnerable adults, paying for things like social and residential care.

Gloucestershire currently charges £41 per year less than the average county council, including the levy and £157 per year less than the highest charging.

For an average band D household the proposed total increase would be £45.25 per year, or £3.77 per month.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, said: "Our priority is to make sure we continue to improve the quality of life for people and communities in Gloucestershire. The council has to focus resources on the most vulnerable adults and children in our county; however we know that both businesses and residents want to see further improvements made to our roads.

Funding from the government is decreasing year on year so the proposed budget is £397.13 million for 2017/18 - a reduction of £11.34 million from 2016/17.

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