How will the proposed spending cuts affect services to local people?

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Many Knaphill residents are beginning to raise questions about how the proposed funding cuts will affect the services used by local people.

Reductions in the amount of money coming from Central Government is making Surrey County Council (SCC) and Woking Borough Council (WBC) look even more carefully at how and where local revenue is spent. There is concern that some services and projects that offer vital support will be hit. KRA hopes that local residents will take every opportunity to let decision makers know what local people think and encourage them to listen to concerns before cuts are made.

SCC, Surrey Police Authority, NHS Surrey and Borough and District Councils have launched the “Have Your Say” campaign which they explain is a way for to residents an have the opportunity to comment and influence decision making. They are asking for comments on questions like: What services are priorities for you? What are your ideas for cutting costs? Take a look at the Have Your Say website: www.surreyhaveyoursay.info  to get more ideas on ways in which you can be involved in the discussion. You can also phone the SCC main number on 03456 009 009.

In November a Public Debate is planned with a panel of Public Sector, Voluntary and Business Representatives. The date for this event is Thursday 18th November 7.00 – 9.00 pm at Salesian School, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9LU

KRA would like to encourage residents to get involved with the debate. Please send KRA your comments too. We are often asked for local opinions, so please let us know what you think, so that we can direct a summary of ideas and concerns to the authorities.

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Andy is a business systems and operations consultant for The Business Delicatessen and has helped the KRA over several years. He is former editor of the magazine and also runs Fat Crow Design.

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