We have launched a consultation to understand the views of residents and stakeholders across Hampshire on options to help deliver a balanced budget up to 2021/22.

By planning ahead and through careful use of reserves, we have successfully found ways to deliver services differently and more efficiently, securing savings of £480 million over the past 11 years.

However, due to growing demand for council services, further reductions in Government funding, rising costs and inflation, we face a further estimated budget shortfall of £80 million by April 2021. This means more decisions will need to be made about what we can and cannot provide in future.

Opportunities for reducing costs are getting harder to find, which is why it is important that we hear the views of residents, many of whom are likely to be affected by the outcomes.

The Balancing the Budget consultation runs until 11:59pm on 17 July 2019.

We would like to hear from as many residents and stakeholders as possible. Feedback will help to inform areas where the County Council could focus on balancing its budget up to 2021/22.  No prior decisions have been made regarding the proposals.

You can take part in the consultation via the online response form on the web page, which went live on Wednesday 5 June. There is also a full information pack about the proposals in the consultation on the web page. Paper copies can be requested by emailing insight@hants.gov.uk or calling 0300 555 1375, and will also be available from Hampshire libraries.