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Start date: 2020-12-14
End date: 2021-01-11
Results: 2021-02-28

West Berkshire Council Budget Challenge

Take the challenge to balance the budget


The challenge is now closed.


*Update: you can find answers to the questions we've been asked so far in our pdf icon FAQ document [25kb].

We'd like to set you the challenge of balancing our 2021/22 budget, which means that the amount of money spent should be the same as the amount taken in. We remain focused on frontline services, so that we can keep providing those that are important to you. We're now asking you to do the same and work out how you would divide your budget between core services, such as planning, bins and social care.

Our budget simulator is easy to use. It allows you to increase or decrease spending across council services and see the consequences of your choices. Where our services, such as Social Care, support vulnerable people and are statutory obligations, the budget cannot be reduced by large amounts, as those people that rely upon these vital services would be badly affected. The simulator also allows you to change how much you charge for Council Tax or invest in the district, for example on a solar farm or a weekly food waste collection service.

The choice is yours to make! The key is that the overall budget has to balance, and you need to think carefully about how people will be affected by the choices that you make.

Once the challenge has closed, we will look at where you and other residents chose to spend your budget and use this to help inform how we set budgets in the future.

Who To Contact

Managing statistics, performance metrics, risk and co-ordinating and supporting consultations across West Berkshire Council

01635 503043