Leeds City Council has initiated a public consultation on its annual budget proposals, aiming to achieve an additional £58.4 million in savings, coupled with an already approved £7.4 million in savings for the upcoming financial year. The budget proposals for 2024/25 outline the council’s strategy to address the funding gap, which includes a suggested 4.99% increase in council tax, with two percent specifically designated for adult social care funding.

The online consultation survey is currently accessible on the Leeds City Council Budget Consultation 2024-25 website and will remain open until Wednesday 10 January 2024. The council encourages input from all residents, students, employees, and visitors of Leeds regarding the future funding of services. Additionally, feedback will be sought from various stakeholders, including councillors, trade unions, business representatives, and third-sector groups. Support for completing the survey is available at council-managed community hubs.

The survey is designed to be completed in approximately 10 minutes, and every response will be carefully considered. The gathered feedback will play a crucial role in shaping the final budget plans, which are scheduled to be released in February 2024. The council values the perspectives of the community and aims to incorporate diverse views in the decision-making process.

The survey can be found at https://www.leeds.gov.uk/budgetconsultation