Last night our budget conversation was launched at a public meeting at Sheffield Town Hall, where we revealed our Budget 2015/16 video for the first time.

Councillor Ben Curran, cabinet member for finance and resources, said: “It is no secret that, as a council, we are facing considerable financial challenges, due to cuts from central Government, and these challenges are set to increase further in the coming years.

“By next year the amount of funding we get from the Government will have been slashed by 50 per cent since 2010.

“In order to meet these massive reductions in our funding, we have already had to make some difficult decisions, and as the government’s cuts to the council get deeper the decisions become harder every year.

“It is vital that we consult with the people of Sheffield from the very start of this process, to find out what is important to them and where they think the cuts should be made.”

Sheffield City Council has already made cuts of £240m over the past four years. However, in order to reduce the budget by a further £60m, we will have to cut spending further and do more things differently.

Members of the public are being invited to get involved with the consultation in a number of different ways, which are now detailed online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/budget.