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Big Question provides Big Answer!

The big question
 

As your community council, we asked you The Big Question on council tax and you gave us your Big Answer!

Thank you to over 4,500 borough residents who took the time to complete the form, helping to make it the biggest consultation in the council’s history.

The consultation ran from November 28 2012 to February 28 2013 and the results gave the council information to take the decision to freeze council tax levels for another year. This ensured Dudley borough residents, who were already paying around £14 per month less than the national average, will continue to pay some of the lowest council tax levels in the country.

The results, which we have summarised below, also gave us an indication of residents’ priorities in relation to council services.

We are committed to community engagement so thanks again for taking part. We look forward to hearing your views on other issues that matter to you in the near future.

Results of The Big Question, Your council tax, were as follows:

1. Would you be prepared to have a council tax increase to help protect key council services?

2188 (48.5%) No

2319 (51.5%) Yes

2. If no, which of these at risk services would you CUT? (You can choose as many as you feel

appropriate)

1391 (72.1%) Benefits & other welfare services

498 (25.8%) Child protection & family support

522 (27.1%) Community safety

334 (17.3%) Disabilities & mental health for children and adults

703 (36.5%) Food hygiene, air quality & trading standards

925 (48.0%) Leisure centres & sports development

749 (38.8%) Libraries & adult learning

284 (14.7%) Litter & street cleansing

235 (12.2%) Older people

695 (36.0%) Parks & nature reserves

815 (42.3%) Physical regeneration & job creation

214 (11.1%) Refuse collection & recycling

342 (17.7%) Roads & street lighting

637 (33.0%) Supporting children’s learning

1120 (58.1%) Town halls, museums & our heritage

827 (42.9%) Youth services

3. If yes, how much extra would you be prepared to pay each week?*

530 (22.9%) 43p

378 (16.3%) 75p

1093 (47.1%) £1

318 (13.7%) Other

4. If other please enter the amount you would be prepared to pay extra per week

267 (100.0%)

* these increases are based on a band D property, to find out what this means for each council tax band visit

www.dudley.gov.uk

5. If yes, which of these at risk services would you most want to PROTECT? (You can choose as many

as you feel appropriate)

860 (38.4%) Benefits & other welfare services

1409 (62.9%) Child protection & family support

1063 (47.5%) Community safety

1494 (66.7%) Disabilities & mental health for children and adults

824 (36.8%) Food hygiene, air quality & trading standards

1003 (44.8%) Leisure centres & sports development

1281 (57.2%) Libraries & adult learning

1391 (62.1%) Litter & street cleansing

1532 (68.4%) Older people

1129 (50.4%) Parks & nature reserves

904 (40.4%) Physical regeneration & job creation

1681 (75.0%) Refuse collection & recycling

1339 (59.8%) Roads & street lighting

1101 (49.2%) Supporting children’s learning

856 (38.2%) Town halls, museums & our heritage

975 (43.5%) Youth services

To ensure only Dudley council tax payers are included in the consultation, please tell us where you live in the

Dudley borough:

6. Postcode

4508 (100.0%)

7. House Number

4508 (100.0%)

About yourself (optional)

8. Gender

2234 (56.3%) Male

1734 (43.7%) Female

9. Age

147 (3.6%) 18 - 24

972 (23.6%) 25 - 44

1710 (41.5%) 45 - 64

1294 (31.4%) 65+

10. Which of these describes your ethnic group?

3764 (95.1%) White

35 (0.9%) Black

85 (2.1%) Asian

38 (1.0%) Mixed

36 (0.9%) Other