Today’s the day for your views on council cash

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Today is the final day for residents in West Norfolk to have their say on how county council chiefs should plug a £12.9 million funding gap.

Cuts to road maintenance, community transport, library staff and schools for allowing community use of their buildings are among the ideas currently being looked at.

And householders are also being asked whether a four-year freeze on council tax should be maintained.

Around 1,000 residents have so far taken part in the consultation.

And the council’s deputy leader, David Harrison, said: “We have had a good response so far from people making comments and suggestions of ways we could improve efficiency and find new sources of funding.

“I would urge those who haven’t already had their say to do so. Don’t miss the opportunity, get in touch and make your views known.”

Last year, the authority agreed a three-year programme of cuts worth £189 million, of which around £40 million are due to come into effect during the financial year 2015-16.

Councillors are due to set the authority’s budget for that period at a meeting in February.

But officials now forecast that they will have to find another £12.9 million of savings on top of those that have already agreed.

Mr Harrison said continuing cuts in the amount of money central government gives to councils, which he claims amount to 24 per cent since 2011, had left the county in “a hugely difficult situation.”

Specific comments are being sought on plans to reduce funding for road maintenance, library staff, community transport for adult social care and the arts.

Other proposals in the consultation include plans to remove the subsidies paid to schools for opening their buildings for community use.

And the council also wants suggestions of how it can generate additional income, as well as views on whether the current freeze on council tax should continue.

Comments can be made by phoning 0344 8008020, emailing haveyoursay@norfolk.gov.uk or visiting www.norfolk.gov.uk/budgetandservices before midnight tonight.