The Isle of Wight Council will host a live Facebook Q and A session on Wednesday (18th February) to give residents the chance to question the leader and deputy leader ahead of the budget being set by Full Council.
The council recently published its budget proposals for the 2015/2016 financial year which includes focussing on a number of priority areas such as keeping children safe, supporting growth in the economy and tourism and protecting the most vulnerable.
It also outlines how the council must find savings of £14.5 million in the financial year while also needing to fund increased costs of £7.3 million. A further £8.5 million needs to be saved in the 2016/2017 financial year.
The live question and answer session will take place between 18:00 and 19:00.
Isle of Wight Council leader Jonathan Bacon said:
“It has been well publicised that the council must make significant savings while continuing to deliver statutory services and fund rising costs, and that means tough decisions need to be made. We have recently published the budget proposals, the development of which has been highly challenging, but we remain dedicated to delivering the best possible services to residents.
“Both myself and deputy leader Steve Stubbings are looking forward to the live Facebook session, which is another way of the council giving the public a chance to question us on an open and transparent platform. We are also holding this out of usual office hours to give as many people as possible a chance to take part.”
The session will be for the public only and will begin at 18:00 on 18th February. To ask a question, members of the public should log on to the council’s main Facebook page which is found by going to www.facebook.com/isleofwightcouncil or accessed via www.iwight.com/socialmedia.
At 18:00, a posting will be put up announcing the start of the session. To ask a question, people should write in the comment box underneath the posting and their question will then be answered.
The medium-term budget strategy report to the Executive on 10th February, which can be found via www.iwight.com/Meetings/current/committeeDetail.aspx?cmteId=180, details how resources will be allocated to the priority areas, as well as proposals for savings and a recommendation on council tax levels for 2015/2016.