Members of the public have another two weeks to contribute to Middlesbrough Council’s consultation on the budget reduction process.
The Council must cut nearly £14 million from its budget for the 2012/13 financial year, with further significant cuts to come in the following two years.
Extensive consultation has been undertaken since Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon unveiled 78 draft proposals in early October.
During an initial six-week consultation period the Council received more than 800 letters, emails, e-forms and phone calls from the public, while petitions signed by more than 17,000 people were submitted.
Mr Mallon outlined his final proposals - ranging from the closure of Council buildings to internal restructures and increased charges – at a meeting of Middlesbrough Council on December 14.
These cuts will result in savings of more than £10 million and the loss of more than 120 jobs, and Mr Mallon also announced details of further savings of £3.5 million.
Members of the public now have until Friday, January 20 to submit any further views and suggestions as part of the process.
Mr Mallon will make a statement to Council on Wednesday, February 1, with the draft budget submitted to a special meeting of the Executive on Tuesday, February 21.
The finalised 2012/13 budget will then be considered at a meeting of full Council on Monday, March 5.
Mr Mallon said: “These are difficult decisions which no-one wants to make, and that’s why a full, open and genuine consultation exercise was of the utmost importance.
“We have been left in no doubt as to how strongly people feel about the local services Middlesbrough Council provides, and I’m grateful to all those who shared their views with us.
“The proposed cuts are still just proposals – there is still time for the views of those who will be affected to be taken into account before the final decisions are taken.”
Further information on the budget can be found at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/budget
Middlesbrough Council’s website also has a Frequently Asked Questions page with useful responses on the most common questions and issues members of the public have raised during the consultation.
To take part in the consultation process, visit the Middlesbrough Council website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Budget Consultation Middlesbrough, PO Box 506, Strategic Resources, Middlesbrough Council, Civic Centre, TS1 9GA.