Live online budget Q&A with Councillors

Aberdeenshire Council Co-Leaders Cllr Richard Thomson and Cllr Alison Evison will be joined by the Leader of Aberdeenshire Alliance Group, Cllr Jim Gifford; and a representative of the Democratic Independent and Green Group to answer questions on their 2017/18 budget proposals and the impact on communities.

The session will be broadcast online and will be chaired by Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive Jim Savege.

Jim Savege said

We want as many people as possible to engage in discussions around the council’s budget. The decisions taken could have a real impact on communities in Aberdeenshire and the services that are currently delivered.

This could be a change in frequency of bin collections, changes to leisure facilities, or even a rise in the cost of the council tax. Perhaps it could mean a substantial reduction in funding for local groups and you might disagree.

This is your chance to question the people who will make the decisions.

Anyone can watch the live question session by following this link to the webcast at 7:30pm on Tuesday 20th December.

Elected members will meet in February to agree a budget for 2017/18 but with tough decisions having to be made they would like to hear from the people who will be directly affected by the decisions they take.

In particular they want to hear views on: Pressures on our services; Investing in our communities; Increasing efficiency; Identifying savings; Council Tax; Income generation; The future of sports and cultural services in Aberdeenshire

The Aberdeenshire Council budget 2017/18 consultation is currently open to all communities across the shire to have their say on the proposals using the online surveys that are linked to each of the seven sections.

People are being encouraged to send in their questions in advance. You can do this by: Emailing shireviews@aberdeenshire.gov.uk, If you tweet then you can use the hashtag #shireviews to make your views known, or you can comment on the dedicated post on the Aberdeenshire Council facebook page

Questions sent in on the night will also be put to the panel.

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