We need help to find £10m, pleads council

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PEOPLE power is needed to find savings worth £10m in East Dunbartonshire.

Council chiefs are once again turning to the public in a bid to find savings and ways of making cash.

They are calling on “as many people as possible” to get involved in this year’s consultation exercise.

You can have your say on the future of services and facilities such as:

* Schools

* Community centres

* Refuse collection and cleansing

* Libraries and archives

* Leisure centres

* Housing

* Roads and pavements

* Parks

* Tourism

* Regeneration

* Arts/entertainment

The council had agreed to carry out its second major ‘stakeholder engagement exercise’ in two years.

Those taking part will be asked which services they think could bear the brunt of the cuts, which should be protected, other ways that savings could be made and ideas for the council to raise revenue.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Last year the council carried out an extensive programme of engagement with local people, communities, third sector representatives and businesses.

“This was extremely successful in establishing what the priorities of the council should be for this year.

“We are now ready to embark on our 2011 stakeholder engagement programme.

“I urge everyone to get involved and to have their say as it’s fundamental that our customers are at the heart of everything we do.

“This is evermore important as we face having to make further savings to the tune of up to £10million in our budget for next year during some of the most challenging financial times that many of us have ever seen.”

The first stage will involve those who took part in last year’s programme – stakeholder groups, citizens panel members, residents and council employees.

A questionnaire will then be sent out to 10,000 households, with further copies available online and in libraries. Details of how to get involved will be announced this month, with the process kicking off in September.

The findings will be published in November.