Young people are highlighting Kirklees Council’s budget woes.
The council has launched the next phase of the It’s Time To Talk campaign, and has asked young people to highlight the budget pressures the council faces in their own, unique way.
Kirklees residents will be asked to say which functions and services they would save as part of the consultation and ahead of budget decisions next month.
The council has put forward 21 of its funding duties and is asking people to pick just 14 they think should remain financed by the council.
They have asked young people to do away with so-called council speak and talk in simple language about what is important to them.
Senior councillors have already hinted that several services which in the past have been provided by Kirklees may no longer be offered.
The young people’s “shopping list” includes:
‘A decent home to live in’ which represents housing
‘Protect children from danger’ to represent the safeguarding service operated by the council
‘A clean and nice place to live’ to signify street-cleaning and rubbish collection.
Clr Mehboob Khan, leader of Kirklees Council, said: “The budget challenge is a way of engaging people in the serious issues the council faces.
“Following on from the first phase of It’s Time To Talk where thousands of people looked at the relationship between council and community and what that might look like in the future, this task demonstrates how – with less money – we cannot continue to support everything and need to focus on what really matters to people.
“I want as many people as possible to take part so that we can find out what relationship residents want with their council.
“We will use the feedback in setting the budget and direction of the council for the coming years.”
Children have been asked to look at the budget issues and simplify them in a bid to make the consultation easier to understand for all residents.
Council teams will be taking the budget challenge to town centre streets and community groups during this month.
People can take part at engagement events, the pop up shop in Huddersfield and stalls on local markets across the district.
The video of the children explaining the consultation and full details can be found at www.kirkleestalk.org