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Consultation Ended for Budget consultation 2014-15

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We're now in the process of setting our budget for 2014/15 and we want to know which council services you most value.

Last year over 4,500 of you took part in our Big Question, making it by far the biggest consultation Dudley Council has ever held.

Please take part this year by completing the simple form so we can continue to shape our budgets around your priorities.

This year, we want your latest opinion on the council services you most value to ensure we continue to shape our budgets around your priorities.

Dear resident,

Cllr Pete Lowe
Cllr Pete Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance

We explained in last year's Big Question consultation that the council needed to make £29 million of savings over the following three years.

Sadly, over the last year the picture has got significantly worse for local councils, including Dudley.

Financial indications from the government now show that around £60 million of savings will be needed in Dudley over the next three years.

We have been working on ways of plugging this gap, but there is still around £30 million to find.

The reduction in government funding will inevitably mean the council can no longer provide some services and may need to change the way it delivers others. Through this year’s Big Question we want you to tell us the services you most value.

Many thanks

Councillor Pete Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance at Dudley Council


Last year opinion was closely split between those willing to pay more council tax and those who wanted a council tax freeze. You told us which council services you most valued and we've listened. Here’s a snapshot of how we’ve looked to use your feedback to shape your services.


You told us you valued…

We have listened by…

Refuse collection and recycling

Improving our recycling performance by adding plastic and card to our household recycling collections, at the same time replacing plastic sacks with wheelie bins.

Services for older people

Investing in our dementia gateways and in our care budgets to meet the increased costs of people with dementia.

Disabilities and Mental health services

Increasing investment to help provide a wider choice of cost effective services for people with a disability.

Child protection

Increasing our support for looked after children and safeguarding across the borough.

Litter and street cleansing

Delivering over 160 community litter picks as part of our Love Your Community Campaign and being recognised nationally for providing a top performing service.


For information, the full set of Big Question 2013-14 results can also be viewed.