Senior pupils at Northfield Academy

Budget Consultation closes this weekend

A landmark consultation on Aberdeen City Council’s spending plans is due to close at midnight on November 12.

The second and final phase invites people to consider options for balancing the annual budget – and to describe the potential impact of any savings taken forward.

Due to rising costs, the Council faces a funding shortfall of £35 million in 2024/25 and £83m over the next four years.

Since its launch on October 11, Phase 2 has attracted more than 2,400 responses. This week, pupils in S5 and S6 at Northfield Academy completed the consultation as part of a classroom exercise. And pupils at Dyce Academy are taking part on Friday.

Councillor Alex McLellan, Convener of the Finance and Resources Committee, said: “This consultation offers an opportunity for people in Aberdeen to understand the challenges the local authority faces, but also have their say on the officers savings proposals – ahead of Councillors setting the 24/25 budget next year.

“I am pleased to see a number of young people are having their say about the future of the city.

“If you haven’t already shared your views on how we might deliver public services in Aberdeen, I would encourage you to have your say and participate in the consultation.” 

Phase 1 of the consultation – which drew 3,192 responses during July – asked people to prioritise service areas for investment.

If you don’t have internet access at home, the consultation can be accessed at city schools, libraries and the Customer Service Centre at Marischal College, Broad Street, during normal opening hours.

The results will be shared with Full Council on December 13, and the Budget set early next year.

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