Budget consultation 2010
|Purpose||To obtain an indication of the service areas that residents believe should be budget priorities for the coming years; and to obtain an understanding of what residents perceive to be an acceptable level of increase in Council Tax for 2011/2012.|
Budget and council priorities
|Commissioned by||Corporate Research and Intelligence Team, Policy Unit|
All of Lancashire
Questionnaire - postal
Life in Lancashire panel
|Date||19/11/2010 - 10/12/2010|
|Undertaken by||Corporate Research and Intelligence Team, Policy Unit|
|Number in sample||4026|
|Number of responses||1972|
|Key findings||Services for older people (58%), primary and secondary education (51%) and crime prevention (46%) are seen as the highest priorities for spending in the next year. These were also the top priorities in 2009 and 2008.
Museums are seen as the service that should be the lowest spending priority (54%), which was also the lowest priority for spending in 2009 and 2008.
Country parks, open spaces and picnic sites and trading standards are seen as the next lowest priorities (33% and 29% respectively).
Four fifths of respondents think that the council should make no increase in council tax (79%). Only one in ten of respondents feel they could support an increase in council tax of 3% or more (10%).
|Outcomes||The findings of the research were presented to councillors to assist them with their decision making about the budget and priorities for the coming year.|
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