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."
We're holding roadshows where residents can get involved in the consultation. Council representatives will be at supermarkets, leisure centres and other busy locations, to help residents give their views on council spending priorities.
Events are as follows:
- Thursday 4 October, 12pm–2pm – Morrisons Anchorage Park
- Monday 8 October, 1pm–4pm – Paulsgrove housing office
- Monday 8 October, 5pm–8pm – Mountbatten Centre
- Friday 12 October, 10am–1pm – Morrisons Victory Retail Park
- Saturday 13 October, 10am–2pm – Pyramids
- Thursday 18 October, 10am–1pm – Somerstown hub café
- Monday 22 October, 10am–1pm – Cosham market
- Tuesday 23 October, 1pm–4pm – Tesco Fratton
There will also be a special event for local companies. They are being invited to a business breakfast meeting at the Guildhall on Wednesday 24 October, from 8.30am to 9.30am. Businesses can register for their free place.