Over 800 responses were received for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s budget consultation which has helped shape the 2021/22 proposed budget.
The responses, representing a cross section of the community, have been reviewed by the council and are included in the consultation report which will be presented to Full Council on Tuesday 23 February.
The budget proposals to be discussed at this meeting look to continue to support our most vulnerable residents and to support the local recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. It also aims to provide a stable footing for future years following additional financial pressures on this year’s budget as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, said: “I am pleased with the number of residents and community groups that responded and I want to thank you all for your comments and suggestions.
“This is the first time the council has carried out a consultation of this kind for the budget proposals. The feedback received on the consultation process is welcome and we will take this on board for future budget consultations.
“The feedback has been shared in the council and we have responded, where possible, to the points made by local residents. We looked closely at the consultation and made the decision to re-think the rural car parking charges.
“Given the difficult decisions we need to make, we are not able to take forward all the comments from the consultation this year. However, the feedback received signalled clear priority areas for residents and this will help inform the budget proposals for 2022/23.”
Cllr Johnson, added: “There have been some difficult decisions made for this year’s proposed budget, but by taking and delivering difficult decisions this year, we will have successfully put the council’s finances back on a sustainable footing and delivered much-needed and long-overdue transformation of key frontline services.
“The last two years have been tough but by taking these difficult decisions we are now in a position to support the local economic recovery and help our most vulnerable.”
The proposed budget will be discussed at Full Council on Tuesday 23 February 2021. The papers have now been published for the meeting. A total of 850 responses were received from the budget consultation.