North Yorkshire County Council to hold finances consultation in Leyburn

County Hall in Northallerton.

North Yorkshire County Council is holding a series of public consultation events where residents can find out about the council’s financial challenges.

At the events, people will be able to talk to council officers and will then be encouraged to complete the county council’s online budget consultation, Your Services, Your Say, at www.northyorks.gov.uk/budget.

North Yorkshire County Council leader Councillor Carl Les said: “Demand for our services continues to increase, particularly in the areas of social care for both children and adults, and our total funding is reducing.

“We estimate that by the end of austerity, every £1 we had to spend on services will have fallen to about 60p.

“That’s why it is really important that people take part in this consultation and we hear their opinions. Our consultation events will enable people to become better informed about the pressures and options facing the county before giving their views.”

The budget engagement event in Richmondshire will be held at Leyburn Arts and Community Centre on January 11 from noon to 2pm.

With responsibility for the welfare and education of more than 128,000 children and young people in North Yorkshire, the council spends £88m on children’s services each year, £22m of that on home-to-school transport alone.

The council also supports thousands of older people and younger adults, including people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental ill health, as well as their carers.

Adult social care services are delivered in numerous ways and include prevention, reablement and supporting people to live independently in their own homes as well as living in residential and nursing care.

The council spends about 40 per cent of its overall budget – almost £250m – on public health and adult social care, supporting people to live longer, healthier, more independent lives.

More than £100m is spent each year on areas such as waste, highways and winter gritting and the council is responsible for one of the largest and most diverse road networks in England, covering 5,800 miles of roads and 1,630 bridges. The council is also responsible for disposing of the household waste collected by district councils, processing 6,000 tonnes of black bag waste every week at the Allerton Waste Recovery Park.

The council says the projected budget shortfall of nearly £200m by 2021-22 has been met in part by making £157m of savings so far.

However, officials say a further £40m will need to be found to meet the remaining funding gap.

In response to this, the council’s annual budget consultation summarises service priorities and seeks people’s views on the proposed savings approach for 2019-20.

Take part in the consultation at www.northyorks.gov.uk/budget by Monday, 21 January, to make sure your views are considered by the council’s executive when it meets on 29 January. Responses received after that date will still be included and shared with the full council when it meets on Wednesday, 20 February.

If you are unable to attend an event or to complete the survey online, you can talk to the council’s customer service team on 01609 780780.