SOUTH Craven people now have until January 20 to give their views as part of the county council's annual budget consultation.

The online consultation has been extended by a week to provide the public with extra time to comment.

North Yorkshire County Council leader, Councillor Carl Les said: "This is residents’ chance to influence our budget decisions.

"We want people to share their views on whether we should increase council tax and, if so, by how much.

"It is important that people have their say.

"Executive members will meet on February 4 to make budget recommendations to the full council meeting later in the month. We want to be able to consider as wide a public response as possible before making those recommendations."

By the end of this year, the county council will have made savings of £172.9 million over a decade. But it needs to make an additional £24.8m of savings by the close of 2021-22.

To take part in the consultation, go to