Tell council how to spend

Householders have the chance to win cash for a charity of their choice by taking part in a council budget-setting survey.

Suffolk County Council has asked anyone who lives and works in Suffolk to suggest how they think it should spend the £1billion of public money it is responsible for.

The council has to save £50million in the next two years.

Anyone completing the online survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 contribution to a Suffolk-based charity of their choice.

The authority is running its budget consultation in two phases, from now until October 23 when it is seeking the public’s views, and from November to December, when it will focus on specific budget ideas from phase one.

The final budget will be agreed by its full council on February 9, 2012.

People can take part by going to the council’s website at or by phone, post or by talking to their county councillor.

Council leader Mark Bee said: “Before we make any decisions about how we spend public money, and where we make savings next year, I want to hear from our partners and the people of Suffolk.

“I can’t pretend that difficult decisions won’t have to be made. But I want to ensure that the choices we make reflect not just my views, or those of other councillors, but the values of the people we are here to serve.”