Can you balance the council’s budget?

We currently face a big financial challenge and are balancing the books for next year.  We’ve got to save £28 million pounds this year and need your ideas to do it.

We know that the decisions we make are not always popular, but there is no getting away from the fact that they have to be made.  Like last year, we’re giving you the chance to see how you would do it, by using a special budget simulator.

What is the budget simulator?

The simulator shows all the areas where the council spends money. It also gives you the chance to say if you would spend more or less, and explains the impact of any budget change you make.

When you’ve decided your final budget you can submit it to us.  All submitted budgets will be considered as part of the decision making process as the councillors will get a feel for what’s important to local people.

The simulator starts on 8 November 2017 runs until 31 December 2017.

You can also comment on how you found the task of balancing the council budget as some respondents did last year:

“It’s difficult to balance this very tight budget – I don’t envy councillors with their task, they need to be radical”

“Some difficult decisions. Feels uncomfortable.

“Sometimes you have to do what’s right, not what’s easy”

We want as many people as possible to try to balance the budget so that we can understand what matters to people across Kirklees.

Find out more and submit your budget online at www.kirkleestalk.org and let us know what is important to you.

You can try out the budget simulator at https://kirklees.budgetsimulator.com

Why should you have a go at the budget simulator

Leader of the Council David Sheard said:

“The budget simulator gives people in Kirklees a feel for the scale of the financial challenge we face and how difficult it is to come up with a budget.  Its’ also an essential tool to help us find out what really matters to the people of Kirklees. “By using the simulator residents can also find out more about the full range of service we deliver, and how much it costs to deliver them.

Deciding what to spend money on brings difficult challenges for us, and we don’t make decisions lightly – and this is one way people can share their thoughts, I hope that everyone will give it a go.”

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