Can you balance the council's budget?
Welcome to Kirklees Council's budget simulator - your chance to try and balance our books.
Help us to develop our budget for 2018/19 by making your own decisions about what savings we should make in order to meet the budget challenge.
Our budget simulator is easy to use and allows you to reduce or increase the spending across council services as well as ideas for where else we can help balance the budget.
It works across all mobile and tablet platforms and will help us understand what is important to you when we make our budget proposals. You can also see the impact of your choices in terms of services provided and on your council tax.
The Council’s spend plans for 2018-19 are forecast to exceed our resources available by £28m. We also refer to this as the ‘budget gap’. In order to set a legal budget, we have to balance the books and eliminate the £28m budget gap.
Your budget challenge is to balance the books by eliminating the £28 million budget gap. You can do this by moving the "sliders" which sit alongside each of our key service areas. You can only submit your budget when you have met the budget challenge.
Each choice you make has consequences. The budget gap will decrease or increase depending on the choices you make. You will also find information about the service impact for every choice you make – and see how changing our budget would affect people across our community.
Please note: this exercise is for illustrative purposes, but it is designed to reflect the difficult choices Kirklees has to make to set a legal budget and ‘balance the books’.