Budget consultation 2007

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Purpose To obtain an indication of the service areas that residents believe should be budget priorities for 2008/2009.

To obtain an understanding of what residents perceive to be an acceptable level of increase in Council Tax for 2008/2009.
Subject Budget and council priorities
Commissioned by Phil Maynard - Resources Finance
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - postal
Consultation with Life in Lancashire panel
Date 21/11/2007 - 14/12/2007
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence


Number in sample 1749
Number of responses 1172
Response rate 67%
Key findings Services for older people (54%), primary and secondary education (50%) and crime prevention (49%) are seen as the highest priorities for spending in the next year. These were also the top priorities in 2005 and 2006.

The mean increase that all panel members would be prepared to pay is 2.9% (including the 24% who wanted no increase).

Of those prepared to pay an increase in Council Tax, the mean increase panel members would be prepared to pay is 3.8% (76% of the panel).
Outcomes The findings from this survey were distributed to councillors and taken as evidence used in the budget decision and council tax increase for 2008/9.

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Contact information

For more information about this research contact:

Mick Edwardson
01772 530290

Email: haveyoursay@lancashire.gov.uk

Related information

Minutes from full council meeting discussing the 2008/9 budget: