Quiz council bosses online live

Worcestershire County Council is inviting residents and businesses to get online and quiz its bosses in the first ever online question time via webcast. The webcast will stream live over the internet from the Council Chamber on Thursday March 8, from 6pm.

Adrian Hardman and Trish HainesThe county's residents and businesses will be able to watch and ask questions by email, Twitter and Facebook. Those interested in getting involved are encouraged to send their questions and comments in advance or during the live webcast. These will be posed to a panel that will include Leader Cllr Adrian Hardman, Chief Executive Trish Haines and Director of Resources Patrick Birch.

Questions that people might like to ask could be about any council services; potholes or gritting, care homes or buses, schools or libraries, health care or broadband through to the budget and council tax. All these areas relate to the council's corporate plan 'Worcestershire: Fit for the Future' which includes four key areas of focus: Open for Business, Children and Families, The Environment and Health and Wellbeing.

The webcast will begin with a brief introduction about where the council spends its money and the challenges that it faces. The panel will then field questions from residents.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Leader of Worcestershire County Council, said: "This first live interactive webcast is another example of the way the County Council is embracing technology to communicate and engage with people across the county.

You may have a question about how you think the County Council can improve a service; ask about the budget, a suggestion for saving money or a query about commissioning of council services. If you have a question, please get involved in this online question time event."

Residents and businesses who would like to tune in to the live webcast can visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/webcasts where a live link will appear on Thursday March 8. The webcast will start at 6pm.

Questions or comments can be sent in advance or during the webcast in the following ways:

TwitterEmail: bold@worcestershire.gov.uk

Facebook iconTwitter: Tweet @worcscc #wcclive

Comment or write on the council's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/worcscc

Those who are unable to watch the webcast live are encouraged to still send in questions in advance and watch it back on the County Council's website at a later date.

Residents wishing to view the detailed 2012/13 budget report can visit the Cabinet pages and view the February 9 Cabinet Agenda, Item 4: Budget 2012/13.