AT least 4,000 responses have been received by Wirral Council in the first two weeks of its What Really Matters budget consultations.
The consultations have been taking place across Wirral, allowing members of the public to fill out a questionnaire over the budget options for 2014-15.
The service began on Monday, September 16 to help the council tackle the funding gap of £27.5m.
Chief executive of Wirral Council Graham Burgess explained: “The initial response to the latest round of consultations has been very impressive. People are completing the questionnaire at a much faster rate than we have seen.”
The What Really Matters consultations were set up last year and contributed to savings of almost £50m through areas of administration, marketing, car mileage and phone bills.
Despite saving £48m last year, further announcements by the Government have meant that the council needs to find more additional savings.
Councillor Christina Muspratt, of Bebington, said: “I think the response is excellent so far, a credit to Wirral residents and Wirral Borough Council staff. It will be very interesting to see the findings from the returns.
“Whilst nothing but central government giving us more money will help us tackle the funding gap, we do need to know what the people of Wirral see as the areas they would wish us to try and protect, as we have huge amounts of money to find from an already very cut budget.”
Lasting 12 weeks, the council hope the roadshow will help them to understand where the best areas are to consider setting the budget for the coming year in December.
To take part in the consultation or to find out more about forthcoming roadshows, please visit www.wirral.gov.uk/ whatreallymatters