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Islanders are being invited to give their views on how the Isle of Wight Council should spend its money next year.

The authority has launched its budget consultation — and residents, businesses, the voluntary sector and town and parish councils are being encouraged to have their say on spending and service priorities for 2021/22.

The council expects to spend around £340 million in the next financial year on areas including schools, social care, refuse collection, street cleaning, planning, regeneration and road maintenance.

Council leader, Dave Stewart said: “We’ve managed our budget very robustly over the past few years, and are determined to deliver a robust, workable and forward-looking budget again next year.

"Frontline services have been maintained and improved, with improved efficiencies in many areas.

“Obviously, this year, we have a different challenge with the coronavirus pandemic that remains ongoing, so we have to plan this into our budget analysis for next year too.

"The views of individuals and representatives from all sectors across the Island is hugely valuable to the shaping of our spending and service priorities for the year ahead.

“We welcome views from all contributors as we develop an innovative and workable budget — and one which will allow us to continue to provide sustainable services in the future, within a stable financial environment and help us to keep the Island safe.”

You can give your views online over the next six weeks by visiting: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/OtherServices/Financial-Management/Budget-Consultation

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