Budget consultation 2004

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Purpose Find out residents' budget priorities and obtain an understanding of what residents perceive to be an acceptable level of increase in council tax for the coming financial year.
Subject Budget and council priorities
Commissioned by Phil Maynard, Finance group
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - postal
Consultation with Life in Lancashire panel
Date 24/11/2004 - 17/12/2004
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team, Policy Unit


Number in sample 2395
Number of responses 1382
Response rate 57%
Key findings Almost all areas of council services have four in five of the panel rating them as either very or fairly important to develop. The most important development priorities were considered to be in services for children and families, services for older people, waste disposal, schools and services for people with a disability. Only libraries had more respondents rating it not important than important to develop.

A third of the panel would not accept any increase in Council Tax. Only one in seven (14%) of respondents would accept Lancashire County Council's preferred increase of 6.7%. The mean increase panel members would be prepared to pay is 2.8%, similar to the 3% found in the 2003 report.

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For more information about this research contact:

Rebecca Robinson
01772 537787

Mick Edwardson
01772 530290

Email: haveyoursay@lancashire.gov.uk