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Serving Hampshire – Balancing The Budget Consultation

Groups are urged to share their views on the Serving Hampshire – Balancing the Budget Consultation that is running until 11:59pm on Sunday 18 July 2021.

Local authorities are required by law to deliver a balanced budget – which means they cannot spend more than is available.

However, a combination of factors including a growing demand for local services, particularly social care, means that Hampshire County Council continues to face a total budget shortfall of at least £80 million over the next two years (2022/23 and 2023/24).

Therefore, Hampshire County Council are seeking your views on a range of options that may help them to balance the budget for the future. These may include:

  • Introducing and increasing charges for some existing services
  • Lobbying Central Government for legislative change
  • Generating additional income
  • Using the County Councils reserves
  • Reducing and changing services
  • Increasing Council Tax
  • Changing Local Government arrangements in Hampshire.

Groups should consider carefully how any option could impact delivery of their services.

Information on current proposed options for balancing the budget are available here Serving Hampshire – Balancing the Budget Consultation | About the Council | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

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