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Have your say on council spending

Sandwell businesspeople! Here is a great opportunity to take part in a consultation being held by Sandwell Council on how money is spent on local authority services.

An online cabinet meeting is taking place on Wednesday 17 February, and anyone wishing to attend must register by Monday 15 February.

The meeting will offer local people the opportunity to talk to council chiefs and give feedback on proposals for expenditure for the next financial year. It also offers the chance for business leaders and groups to give their ideas on how services could be improved.

The council is required to consult with the groups under the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

Councillor Wasim Ali, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for resources and core services, said: “It is important that members of the business and voluntary sectors are given a chance to have their say on how they think money should be spent in the borough.

“We want to hear your views on how money is spent on local authority services, where you think it should be spent, and how services for businesses could be improved.

Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell’s deputy leader, added: “This is an annual event and under normal circumstances we would be inviting people to attend the Cabinet meeting at Sandwell Council House.

“Due to the current coronavirus restrictions in place, we will be streaming the meeting live in accordance with Coronavirus Regulations 2020.

“We will listen to any suggestions or ideas those attending put forward and they will be discussed by the council at a later date.”

The meeting takes place at 3.30pm on Wednesday 17 February and will be streamed live via Microsoft Teams.

Anyone who wishes to take part in the consultation or attend the online meeting must email democratic_services@sandwell.gov.uk by 5pm on Monday 15 February.

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