Budget consultation 2011

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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 2012/2013.
Subject Budget and council priorities
Commissioned by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - online
Questionnaire - postal
Consultation with Life in Lancashire panel
Date 09/11/2011 - 02/12/2011
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team


Number in sample 2794
Number of responses 1619
Response rate 57%
Key findings Services for older people, primary and secondary education and repairing roads and bridges are seen as the highest spending priorities for the coming years (57%, 46% and 39% respectively).

As in the 2010 and 2009 surveys, museums are seen as the service that should be the lowest priority for spending in the coming years (52%). Country parks, open spaces and picnic sites and adult education are seen as the next lowest priorities (31% and 28%).

The majority of respondents feel they could not support an increase in Council Tax (87%). Only one in twenty respondents feel they could support an increase in Council Tax of 3% or more (6%).

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Contact information

For more information about this research contact:

Rebecca Robinson
01772 537787

Mick Edwardson
01772 530290

Email: haveyoursay@lancashire.gov.uk