Life in Lancashire wave 17

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Purpose This wave had a number of objectives:
* to investigate access to services across Lancashire;
* to gain insight into the readership of Vision, the county council's newspaper;
* to obtain an indication of the service areas that residents believe should be budget priorities for 2007/2008; and
* to obtain an understanding of what residents perceive to be an acceptable level of increase in council tax for 2007/2008
Subject Accessibility
Budget and council priorities
Commissioned by Corporate Communications Group and Hazel Straw (Transport Policy - Local Transport Planning)
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - postal
Consultation with Life in Lancashire panel
Date 23/11/2006 - 16/12/2006
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team, Policy Unit


Number in sample 1850
Number of responses 1289
Response rate 69%
Key findings Two in five members of the panel mention that they have looked at Vision in the last month. Vision is delivered monthly, and around half the panel agree that the newspaper is delivered most months or every month. Two thirds of those who have received Vision read a few articles or more. Three quarters of those who have read at least a few articles of Vision agree that it lets them know what the county council is doing. About two in five agree that the paper is well designed, and this increases to 61% of those who read it.

People are most likely to use the car to visit friends and families, go to the hospital, and take shopping trips. Panel members are most likely to walk to go to the local corner shop or the pharmacy. Going to the local corner shop is seen as the easiest of the given tasks to reach, while going to the hospital is the most difficult task. Panel members are five times as likely to say travelling generally has got harder as easier. The factors most likely to prevent panel members from using public transport more is the length of time needed to make the trip, infrequency and high cost.
Outcomes Council budget and spending priorities

The findings were recently presented to county councillors to help them decide what the council's spending priorities will be for the coming year and to set the level of Council Tax.

Project document(s)



Marked up questionnaire(s)

Contact information

For more information about this research contact:

Melissa Sherliker
01772 535019


Related information

Life in Lancashire members' website:

Budget consultation 2006 project entry: