Jamie Hailstone 16 September 2011

Liverpool debates budget savings online

Liverpool City Council is streaming today's (Friday) budget meeting online, which will look at how the local authority can make savings of around £50m.

Senior managers and councillors will discuss a wide range of options to set the budget for 2012/13, from 1.30pm to 3pm, which will be broadcast live online at www.liverpool.gov.uk/budget.

Residents will also be able to email in any questions at budget@liverpool.gov.uk, while the meeting takes place. The most frequently asked questions and their responses will all be posted on the council's website.

The streaming follows a successful trial last month, which attracted hundreds of hits.

'Our decision to broadcast the budget discussions will give the people who pay for council services a real insight into the decision-making process and the tough and challenging options we are having to consider,' said council leader, Cllr Joe Anderson.

'The decisions we are making affect people's lives, so it is only right that they are able to see the discussions taking place and how we arrive at the decisions.'

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