Budget consultation 2013

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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 2014/2015.
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 15/11/2013 - 23/12/2013
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team


Number in sample 2676
Number of responses 1266
Response rate 47%
Key findings Services for older people (60%), repairing roads and bridges (45%) and primary and secondary education (45%) are seen as the highest spending priorities for the coming years.

Country parks, open spaces and picnic sites (28%), adult education (27%) and welfare rights (26%) are seen as the next lowest priorities.

Four-fifths of respondents agree that they 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:

Rebecca Robinson
01772 537787
Email: rebecca.robinson@lancashire.gov.uk