Our annual budget survey launched on 10 September and runs until 28 October. We want your views to help inform decisions for the 2019-20 budget and would be very grateful if you can complete our online budget consultation survey.

Like all councils, Portsmouth is facing a further reduction in the grant it gets from the government. In the coming three years, the council needs to save another £12m from its revenue budget. This is in addition to £77m savings it has had to make in the last eight years.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Deputy Leader of the council, said: "Residents are at the centre of everything we do so it is important we get their views on how we spend public money and what services they value, particularly when we have less money to spend.

"We're asking residents how they would allocate the budget if they were in charge of it and this will inform not only our budget for next year but also the strategic direction we take going forward.

"The consultation is running for seven weeks so that we'll have the opportunity to engage with some of the neighbourhood forums in the city who are meeting in late October and we're working on plans for a series of engagement events around Portsmouth which will be announced in the coming weeks.

"We're also keen to hear from businesses and hope as many people as possible will take part in our survey."