What Matters To You 2018 (Easy Read)

Closed 16 Jul 2018

Opened 16 Apr 2018

Feedback Updated 6 Mar 2019

We Asked

We aksed you to tell us which of the priorities and related service areas outlined in the West Sussex Plan were most important to you going forward:.

  • giving our children and young people the best start in life
  • ensuring West Sussex is a prosperous place
  • our communities being strong, safe and sustainable
  • supporting you in later life to remain independent
  • being a council that works for our communities.

We also asked you to have your say on potential Council Tax rates from 2019/20 and 2020/21, as well as a range of other community and services issues, such as crime, recycling and parks.

You Said

2136 people participated in the What Matters To You Survey this year, with a further 253 people taking part in the Children and Young People's version, and a further 15 people completed the Easy Read version,  Key findings inlcude:

  • Out of our five main priorities, a majority of residents felt that 'A Strong, Safe and Sustainable Place' was the most important;
  • 35% of those surveyed thought that West Sussex County Council provides good value for money;
  • 43% were satisfied with county council services;
  • Overall support for a future increase in council tax remains high.

For a more detailed analysis of all the 2018 What Matters To You Survey results, please view the files we have shared in the Results Section.

We Did

Following the recent survey we shared about keeping you informed on our budget, last week West Sussex County Council approved a net expenditure of £575.5 million to deliver key services for all the communities of West Sussex...

Here are the budget highlights:

The budget includes significant investments to support the delivery of the five key priority areas of the West Sussex Plan:

  • £6.1 million additional new investment in Children and Young People’s services.
  • £7.3 million investment in Adults and Health.
  • Additional investment in Special Support Centres to help to keep students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in mainstream schools with their peers and in their local area.
  • £3 million additional investment in extra care schemes to help keep older people living independently for longer.
  • £44.5 million investment in a sustainable energy programme which includes the installation of solar farms and battery storage on unused council land.
  • £5 million programme to create community hubs and protect key services by bringing them together under one roof.
  • £13.8 million investment in corporate and fire fleet vehicles and £1.8 million in specialist fire equipment to support our Fire and Rescue Service.
  • £22.5 million investment in digital infrastructure supporting businesses and rural communities.

Your council tax will increase by 4.99%...

Since 2010, the council has saved more than £200m and in the same period, government funding has been cut by £145m. The county council faced a challenging financial gap of £45.4m for 2019/20 alone, due to increasing demand on social care services and a continued reduction in central government funding. As a result, it identified £23.4m of savings across a number of services.

The remaining amount has been found through a council tax increase of 4.99% which includes a dedicated 2% to fund adult social care. This increase means an additional £1.27 per week for the average Band D household. 

Further information...

Please visit our budget page for more details.

Results Updated 25 Oct 2018

2136 people participated in the What Matters To You Survey this year, with a further 245 people taking part in the Children and Young People's version, and a further 15 people completed the Easy Read version,  Key findings inlcude:

  • Out of our five main priorities, a majority of residents felt that 'A Strong, Safe and Sustainable Place' was the most important;
  • 35% of those surveyed thought that West Sussex County Council provides good value for money;
  • 43% were satisfied with county council services;
  • Overall support for a future increase in council tax remains high.

For a more detailed analysis of all the 2018 What Matters To You Survey results, please view the attached files below.

Files:

Overview

 

   

    

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Why We Are Consulting

Why are we asking for help?  Because we spend £533 million every year on 821,000 residents.  It is important we listen to your ideas on how this money is spent.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Groups
  • Children
  • Disabled People
  • Faith Groups
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual (LGBT) Groups
  • Older People
  • People in marriages & civil partnerships
  • Pregnancy & Maternity
  • Young People
  • Young People Aged 18+
  • Gender Groups
  • Anyone aged 18 or over
  • NHS
  • Health and Wellbeing Professionals
  • Patients
  • GPs
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Residents e-Panel
  • Teachers
  • Pupils
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Students
  • Young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability)
  • Headteachers
  • SEN Co-ordinators
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Sensory Support Team
  • West Sussex County Council Staff
  • Capita Staff
  • West Sussex Fire and Rescue Staff
  • County Communicators
  • Have Your Say Champions
  • CLT
  • Elected Members
  • Cyclists
  • Bus/coach Passengers
  • Car/Van Drivers
  • Police
  • District/Borough Councils
  • Parish Councils
  • Town Councils
  • Elected Members/Councillors
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Community Organisations
  • Bus Operators
  • Broadband Suppliers
  • Childcare Providers
  • All West Sussex Businesses
  • Employees
  • CBC Library Group
  • Local services in the care sector
  • Service Users
  • Homeless People
  • People Who Do Not Use This Service
  • All West Sussex Residents
  • Tenants/Leaseholders
  • Visitors/Tourists
  • Families
  • Carers
  • Parents
  • Key stakeholders

Interests

  • Adults Social Care
  • Childrens Social Care
  • Culture
  • Your Space
  • Consultation and Engagement
  • Community
  • Economy
  • Partnerships
  • Budget & Finance
  • Council Tax
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • West Sussex Fire & Rescue Services
  • Health
  • Roads
  • Military Families
  • Military Veterans
  • Military Reservists
  • Internal WSCC
  • Sustainability
  • Recycling
  • Libraries
  • Workshop
  • Customer Service
  • Democracy