Aberdeen City Council urges residents to shape future budget in landmark consultation

Senior pupils at Northfield Academy completed Phase 2 of Aberdeen City Council’s budget consultation.

ABERDEEN residents are urged to participate in the final phase of a significant consultation concerning the city’s spending plans. The consultation, focusing on balancing the annual budget, is set to close at midnight on November 12. The City Council, facing a funding shortfall of £35 million in 2024/25 and £83 million over the next four years due to rising costs, aims to gather input from the community to address these challenges.

Since its launch on October 11, Phase 2 of the consultation has garnered more than 2,400 responses. Notably, students from Northfield Academy in S5 and S6 have engaged in the consultation process, contributing their perspectives. Pupils at Dyce Academy are set to participate on Friday.

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Councillor Alex McLellan, Convener of the Finance and Resources Committee, emphasised the importance of this consultation in allowing Aberdeen residents to comprehend the financial hurdles faced by the local authority. It also provides an opportunity for the community to voice their opinions on the proposed savings measures before the Council finalises the budget for 2024/25.

Senior pupils at Northfield Academy completed Phase 2 of Aberdeen City Council’s budget consultation.

“This consultation offers an opportunity for people in Aberdeen to understand the challenges the local authority faces, but also have their say on the officers savings proposals – ahead of Councillors setting the 24/25 budget next year,” said Councillor McLellan. “I am pleased to see a number of young people are having their say about the future of the city. If you haven’t already shared your views on how we might deliver public services in Aberdeen, I would encourage you to have your say and participate in the consultation.”

In the initial Phase 1 of the consultation held in July, participants were asked to prioritise service areas for investment. Those without internet access at home can access the consultation at city schools, libraries, and the Customer Service Centre at Marischal College, Broad Street, during normal opening hours.

The results of the consultation will be presented with Full Council on December 13, guiding the Council in making informed decisions for the forthcoming budget set to be finalised early next year.

To participate in the consultation, visit Aberdeen City Council’s Budget Simulator.

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