Budget consultation 2008

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Purpose To obtain an indication of the service areas that residents believe should be budget priorities for 2009/2010; and to obtain an understanding of what residents perceive to be an acceptable level of increase in Council Tax for 2009/2010.
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 11/06/2008 - 18/07/2008
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team, Policy Unit


Number in sample 3301
Number of responses 2553
Response rate 77%
Key findings Highest priority services for spending in 2009/10: Services for older people (57%), primary and secondary education (53%) and crime prevention (50%) are seen as the highest priorities for spending in the next year. These were also the top priorities in 2006 and 2007.

Lowest spending priorities in 2009/10: Museums are seen as the service that should be the lowest spending priority (47%). Welfare rights and adult education are seen as the next lowest priorities (33% and 30% respectively).

Level of Council Tax increase: More than a quarter of the panel (28%) thought that the council should make no increase in Council Tax, with the consequence of significantly
reducing service levels. Only just over a quarter (27%) of the panel answer they would be prepared to pay a 4% increase, (the figure closest to the county council's estimate of 4.3%, based on the budget forecast for 2009/10 at the time of the survey). The mean increase that all panel members would be prepared to pay is 2.4% (including the 28% 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 3.4% (72% of the panel).

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For more information about this research contact:

Rebecca Robinson
01772 537787

Mick Edwardson
01772 530290

Email: haveyoursay@lancashire.gov.uk