The council’s budget is set to be slashed by £150million over the next four years after the central government funds it receives were reduced.

At the same time the council has seen an increase in service users, including supporting more older people and having to find more school places for children.

Derrick Ashley, cabinet member for resources and transformation, said: “We’ve worked hard over the past four years to deliver annual savings of £149m, mainly by doing things differently behind the scenes to become more efficient - such as providing human resources, finance and facilities management services jointly with other public sector organisations.

“We will continue to seek out ways of making efficiencies. But given the tough financial challenge we face, this can only go so far.

“We need to make some important decisions about how we allocate money and we want your views.

“If you live in Hertfordshire these decisions affect you, so please have your say.”

Between 2010 and 2018, the council’s £1billion budget would have been reduced by approximately 30 per cent.

Please give your views online at www.hertsdirect.org/budgetsurvey before Monday 11 January.

A paper version is also available if you send your name and address to corporate.policyteam@hertfordshire.gov.uk before 28 December.

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