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Calling Hampshire’s accountants

All chartered accountants and students who are resident in Hampshire and interested in helping the county council to deliver a balanced budget up to 2021/22, are urged to participate in the Balancing the Budget consultation, which is open until 11:59pm on 17 July 2019.

When launching the consultation in early June, Hampshire County Council stated that its objective is to understand the views of residents and stakeholders across Hampshire prior to making important decisions about future spending.

Forward planning and careful use of reserves, have enabled the authority to find successful ways of delivering services differently and more efficiently, saving £480m over the past 11 years. In the face of growing demand for council services, more reductions in government funding, rising costs and inflation, however, the county council anticipates a further £80m shortfall by April 2021, and so decisions have to be made about what can be provided in future.

Since opportunities for cost reductions are getting harder to find, it is important that the county council understands the views of as many people as possible, and so the consultation presents a range of options that could help to balance the budget.

To take part, you can either use the online response form on the webpage www.hants.gov.uk/balancingthebudget or request paper copies by emailing insight@hants.gov.uk or calling 0300 555 1375, A full information pack is also available on the webpage. Opinions submitted through this consultation will be collated and used to inform discussions at executive member, select committee, cabinet and council budget proposal meetings during the remainder of 2019.