With increasing pressure on funding, Suffolk County Council is asking the people of Suffolk what their priorities are, ahead of decisions being taken on spending plans for the coming year.

Residents have until the 8 January in which to answer a range of questions that will help to shape decisions taken in February next year. In 2015/16 the council has to make savings totalling £42 million. It is therefore more important than ever that available funding is focused on the areas that are important to Suffolk people.

A range of proposals will be considered by the county council’s Scrutiny Committee when it meets on Wednesday, with finalised proposals being discussed by Cabinet in January before the proposed budget is debated at a meeting of all the councillors in February.

An on-line survey has been set up where residents are asked to rank their spending priorities. It is also possible to give views via e-mail and post.

My colleague, Jenny Antill, SCC’s cabinet member for resource management, says: “There are difficult decisions to be taken but we are working hard to make sure that we minimise the impact to services on which people rely – services may be delivered in different ways, or by different people, but the important thing is that residents can still access the support they need.”

For more information, including access to the on-line survey visit the county council’s consultation web page www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations.