Your data: Budget Consultation

How we use your information

Aberdeen City Council wants to give people a greater say in the budget-setting process as part of a wider commitment to having a transparent, accessible and accountable City. In June a protocol outlining a two-phase public consultation was approved by Full Council.

Phase 1 – which took place during July – invited you to identify what you think should be the council’s spending priorities. The results were published in late summer.
Phase 2 – scheduled for autumn – will give you the chance to explore detailed options for balancing spending against income, including finding necessary savings.  

Your views and comments from Phase 1 were reported to Full Council on August 23 as part of the Council's Medium Term Financial Strategy. This set out the estimated position for the years 2024/25 to 2027/28 and be the basis for Phase 2 of the consultation, which will be held in autumn and publicised then. The report will be shared with all Elected Members to help them decide how to allocate funds for running services and set council tax and fees and charges.

The consultation also asks questions about you. This information is voluntary. By providing this information you help us to monitor the statistical data to ensure the Council is interacting in a balanced way with groups of people with protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

How long we keep your information 

Responses will be kept until we complete the analysis that will inform the Budget-setting process. Thereafter, we will keep statistical data beyond this point, but you will not be identifiable from this information. This will not contain any data that can identify you as an individual. The resulting report will be published on the Council website until it is superseded and then retained indefinitely. This will not contain any data that can identify you as an individual. 

Your rights

You have rights in relation to your data, including the right to ask for a copy of it. See information about the rights you have, as well as the contact details for the Council’s Data Protection Officer. You also have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office if you think we have not handled your data properly. 

Our legal basis

Aberdeen City Council is the Data Controller for this data. Wherever we process personal data we must have a legal basis in data protection law and tell you what it is. The Council’s legal basis for this processing is that it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of the official authority vested in the Council. 

In doing so, we may also process special categories of personal data, should you choose to provide equality and diversity information. The Council’s legal basis for doing so is that it is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, of the purpose of equality monitoring. 

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