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This is our moment

Meeting the Financial Challenge in Flintshire  

Public engagement events  16 November - 7 December 2015

Flintshire County Council would like to invite you to get involved and help us in our quest to tackle the biggest financial challenge we have ever faced.

This is  your moment to get involved. We are already supporting  and working  with local people to find local solutions to provide services. Local communities have a big opportunity to play their part and take on local facilities and services the County Council may no longer be able to provide.    

We are holding a series of public engagement events starting on 16 November and we hope you can work with us to help maintain services in light of an unprecedented reduction in government funding.

Local services and community facilities are under threat because of big reductions in public spending.  But together we  have the opportunity to shape the future of our local services and communities.  

As a Council we have saved over £22m in the past three years. In doing this we have still managed to protect key  services such as maintaining roads, keeping communities clean and tidy, leisure centres, local schools, welfare support and services for older people, vulnerable children and those with  disabilities.

But between now and 2018 the forecast is bleak with the Council facing a further budget gap of £53m. This year alone we’ve saved £18.3m towards this target, but we have now reached a serious ‘tipping point’. The annual Government grant funding to pay for local services is reducing year on year. We are one of the lowest funded Councils in Wales and charge around the Welsh average for Council Tax, but this low funding level exposes us to particularly high levels of budget reductions. 

We are working hard to find solutions, and believe we can save around £14m of the £21m needed next year. If we can work with Welsh Government to find  further solutions for example limiting the amount of grant we will lose, and receiving a share of the new funding for health to directly fund preventative social care services, then we believe we can make a big step forward in bridging this funding gap. Without these solutions, services we have so far been able to protect will be at risk. 

To find out more you can register to attend one of seven public engagement events being held at venues across the County. 

We do hope you will take this opportunity to stand up for local services and help us with the major challenge that lies ahead.

Numbers will be limited to 200 at each venue so you need to register now by following the links in the text below.

AreaDateTimeLocation

Area 1

Monday 16 November 2015 

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Elfed High School Buckley

For people in the Town and Community Council areas of:

Argoed, Buckley and Penyffordd

To register to attend the Area 1 event please click here

Deadline for registration:  Sunday 15 November 2015

 

Area 2

 

Tuesday 17 November 2015

 

6.30pm – 8.30pm

 

Gwynedd CP School Flint

For people in the Town and Community Council areas of:

Bagillt and Flint

To register to attend the Area 2 event please click here 

Deadline for registration:  Monday 16 November 2015

 

Area 3

 

Wednesday 18 November 2015

 

6.30pm – 8.30pm

 

Holywell High School

For people in the Town and Community Council areas of:

Brynford, Caerwys, Holywell, Halkyn, Llanasa, Mostyn, Trelawyd & Gwaenysgor, Whitford and Ysceifiog

To register to attend the Area 3 event please click here 

Deadline for registration:  Tuesday 17 November 2015

 

Area 4

 

Monday 23 November 2015

 

6.30pm – 8.30pm

 

Ysgol Bryn Coch, Mold

For people in the Town and Community Council areas of:

Cilcain, Gwernaffield, Gwernymynydd, Leeswood, Llanfynydd, Mold, Nannerch, Nercwys, Northop, Treuddyn

To register to attend the Area 4 event please click here 

Deadline for registration:  Sunday 22 November 2015          

 

Area 5

 

Tuesday 24 November 2015

 

6.30pm – 8.30pm

 

Broughton CP School

For people in the Town and Community Council areas of:

Broughton & Bretton, Higher Kinnerton, Hope, Saltney

To register to attend the Area 5 event please click here 

Deadline for registration:  Monday 23 November 2015 

 

 

Area 6

 

Thursday 3 December 2015

 

6.30pm – 8.30pm

 

Civic Hall Connah’s Quay

For people in the Town and Community Council areas of:

Connah’s Quay, Northop Hall and Shotton

To register to attend the Area 6 event please click here 

Deadline for registration:  12 noon Thursday 3 December 2015 

 

Area 7

 

Monday 7 December 2015

 

6.30pm – 8.30pm

 

Sandycroft CP School

For people in the Town and Community Council areas of:

Hawarden, Queensferry and Sealand

To register to attend the Area 7 event please click here 

Deadline for registration:  Sunday 6 December 2015

Was your area event full?   Click here if you would like to leave your contact details should places become available. 

 

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