Budget consultation 2012

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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 2013/2014.
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 14/11/2012 - 07/12/2012
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team


Number in sample 3136
Number of responses 1496
Response rate 47%
Key findings Services for older people, primary and secondary education and crime prevention are seen as the highest spending priorities for the coming years (53%, 45% and 44% respectively).

As in the 2011 and 2010 surveys, museums are seen as the service that should be the lowest priority for spending in the coming years (40%).

Adult education, country parks, open spaces and picnic sites and welfare rights are seen as the next lowest priorities (30%, 28% and 27%).

Four fifths of respondents agree that they can appreciate that in the current climate there are difficult budget decisions that the county council needs to make (82%).

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Contact information

For more information about this research contact:

Mick Edwardson
01772 530290

Email: haveyoursay@lancashire.gov.uk