StatusDurationStakeholders
CLOSED20/12/2013 to 10/01/2014

 

  • Citizens' Panel
  • general public
MethodLocation
Website survey / postAll of South Kesteven

Purpose

The purpose of this consultation was to help us understand what is most important to our residents in terms of our priorities, and also to ascertain the degree of support or otherwise for a proposed increase of 1.75% on our element of council tax for the 2014/2015 financial year.

Summary of actions

We wanted to find out if panel members thought the priorities helped us to focus on what matters. We also asked them which priorities were most important. They were given some information on things that are being done under each and asked to choose the five that were the most important to them. They were also asked if they supported an increase of 1.75% on the district council's element of council tax.

413 responses were received and the topics covered included:

  • the priorities that  they thought were the most important
  • their satisfaction with how we are running things
  • whether they believe we provide value for money
  • whether they agreed or disagreed with the increase of 1.75% on our element of council tax for the 2014/2015 financial year

Feedback

You said:

That attracting businesses to the area, good transport facilities and connections, clean streets, reducing the number of empty shops, and bringing empty homes back into use were some of the most important issues to you. Just over 61% were satisfied with the way we run things. Around 70% of you agreed with the proposal to increase our element of council tax by 1.75%. 

We did: 

In the citizens' panel newsletter we outlined some of the projects we have been working on that are linked to these issues, including community action days to clean up the railway underpass, campaigns to discourage littering, the return of Marks and Spencer to Grantham and bringing more than 100 privately owned homes brought back into use.

This consultation opened towards the middle of December 2013. Shortly after it began central government decided to offer an additional incentive to local councils that agreed to freeze their portion of council tax. By allowing councils to build the freeze grant into their financial base for the next two years rather than receiving it as a one off grant, central government made it a much more viable option. After careful consideration of what would be the best outcome for residents the council decided to avoid raising council tax for 2014/15.

The feedback  we received helped us to make this decision even though it illustrated support for an increase.