In the next financial year (from April 2019 to March 2020), Central Bedfordshire Council is planning to spend around £196million on public services across our area.

The amount of money needed to maintain services for the communities of Central Bedfordshire is increasing, whilst they are receiving less funding from Government.

The council has a strong track record of saving money by changing the way they work. And, given the budget challenge, they need to continue to find ways to deliver more for less.

Their ambition is to deliver good value for money for council taxpayers whilst both protecting vital frontline services and investing more in the services that are important to residents. To achieve this, they are proposing to increase council tax by 1% from next April (subject to agreement on 8 January). This would be an extra 29p per week for an average (Band D) household. However, they are interested in your views about this and the possibility of a 2% increase which would be 58p extra per week.

The council also has a separate plan to invest £93.8million next year in capital projects (subject to agreement on 8 January); these tend to be building and infrastructure initiatives rather than services.

For more information, please visit the Central Bedfordshire Website and have your say on these proposals, before 5pm, 29 January 2019. You can either complete the online questionnaire, or you can pick up a paper copy from one of Central Bedfordshire’s libraries.