Chance to have your say over proposed Barking and Dagenham cuts

Binmen protesting outside Barking Town Hall against pay cuts

Binmen protesting outside Barking Town Hall against pay cuts - Credit: Archant

A public consultation is under way to allow people to share their views on council budget cuts.

The Town Hall says more than £53m of savings are needed due to a reduction in government funding, a growing population and an increased demand on services.

Five council select committees are considering all the saving proposals but the public can also give their views at meetings being held across the borough.

These include consultations at Barking Learning Centre at 7pm on Monday, Becontree Heath Leisure Centre at 1.30pm on Tuesday and Ripple Hall, Barking at 12.30pm on November 10.

The leader of the council, Cllr Darren Rodwell, said: “I want to encourage residents to share their views and I welcome their questions and suggestions.

“The choices we have to make are not going to be easy, but they have to be made and so I urge people to come along and help shape the outcome by giving us their views on what is being proposed.”

Cllr Dominic Twomey, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, added: “It’s important to us residents are fully aware of the scale of the cuts we are facing, and the tough choices we need to make in order to set next year’s budget.”

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