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Suffolk County Council annual budget consultation survey accused of being 'unfair and misleading' by Bury St Edmunds Labour Party

A council's annual budget consultation has come under fire for allegedly being 'unfair and misleading'.

The Suffolk County Council survey, launched last month ahead of setting the 2019/20 budget, contains loaded questions and asks people to prioritise spending £25 million in cuts, according to Bury St Edmunds Labour Party.

A letter outlining its concerns concludes: "This survey is both unfair and misleading. Unfair because it asks people to play one category of vital services against another when they choose where cuts should fall and misleading because it does not provide the electorate with a complete picture either of the devastation cuts have caused so far."

Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (5139009)
Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (5139009)

Suffolk county councillor Richard Smith, cabinet member for finance and assets, said: "This budget consultation is an opportunity for everyone to give their views on what services are important to them.

"The council is not expecting residents to decide the budget on its behalf, but it is of course appropriate to offer residents the chance to give views on the services that are important to them and feed this into the overall budget setting process."

Go to www.suffolk.gov.uk/budget2019 to complete the survey before it closes at 5pm on November 16.

Councillors will discuss the budget in February.

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