A new interactive ‘budget simulator’ is helping local people get to grips with Bristol City Council’s budget challenge as they share their priorities for future spending and saving by the council.
Launched on 1st July by Mayor Marvin Rees, the simulator asks people to balance Bristol’s anticipated budget by closing a projected gap of at least £60m by April 2020.
People’s responses will be taken in to account by council officers, Cabinet Members and the Mayor as they make plans to meet the challenge. For the first time in Bristol people can see the projected budget and suggest where savings can be made, along with the potential consequences of doing so.
The tool, which is compatible with smartphones and tablets, requires users to save £60m across the whole range of daily services provided by the council. All of the council’s net revenue is included, so people can see what is spent where and get to grips with the tough choices faced by the city.
Use it now at http://bristol.budgetsimulator.com