Views on spending considered

MORE than 550 people have had their say on where Northumberland County Council’s spending priorities should lie.

Questions and discussion for the authority’s online survey centred around the council’s seven strategic priorities – cleaning and greening; affordable housing; schools, children and families; older people; our economy; connectivity and organisational efficiency.

In addition to the survey, the council has been speaking to youth, business, minority and disability organisations, focus groups and to community forums, parish and town councils to get as many views as possible, with members facing some difficult decisions.

The authority will have to make about £45million of budget savings over the coming financial year, following on the back of £50million savings that have been made over the previous two years.

Jeff Reid, Leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to share with us their views.

“They will be considered very carefully.”

A full summary of the survey is available at