AN ONLINE budget challenge simulator is giving Ceredigion residents the chance to show how they want the council budget to be spent in 2020-2021.

It will allow residents to show how they would cut £6m from services the council anticipates it will need to save in the next financial year.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, cabinet member responsible for finance, said: “Cuts from central government and increasing cost pressures means that we have had to make cuts to service areas. Every year we have the almost impossible job of setting the budget.

“This year, we want to give residents the chance to show us how they would set and cut the council budget. After all, it is their services which are affected. After years of cuts from central government, council services are down to the bone; so any further cut is going to be painful and will have consequences for services.

“This is the reality of what we face and we want residents to have their say on how this should be done.”

Residents who want to take part but can’t complete the online challenge will be able to get assisted digital support from council libraries. They can call to book a slot in a library by calling 01545 570881.

The data received will be used to prepare an analysis report. The report will be given to councillors before they set the budget for 2020-21. The challenge will close on October 13.

To complete the challenge, go to