What Matters to You 2016

Closed 2 Sep 2016

Opened 5 Jul 2016

Feedback Updated 13 Mar 2017

We Asked

We asked you to tell us what was important to you, your community and the future of West Sussex.  We also asked you about Council Tax, customer service and communities.


You Said

2,588 people responded to the survey. ‘Keeping you safe’ came out as the top priority for
residents, followed by ‘providing education and schools’ 2nd and Roads, Transport and Countryside 3rd, followed by a number of other areas. Two-thirds (approx. 67%) of those who responded were in favour of a council tax increase of 3.75% or more.

Common themes for what residents felt was important for the future of West Sussex were:
•striking the right balance between providing affordable housing
•limiting the number of housing developments
•improving and upgrading infrastructure and roads throughout the county.

The results are in and really interesting. You can see a summary here.

We Did

West Sussex County Council met and agreed its budget for 2017/18 on Friday 17 February 2017.  The County Council also agreed a council tax increase of 1.95% plus an additional 2% to fund adult social care, providing a total of 3.95%, the equivalent of an extra 92 pence per week for the average Band D household.

For further details about the Budget please visit our West Sussex County Council webpages here.

Further updates will be made to this section by the Summer..


Results Updated 18 Nov 2016

Members of the County Council met on 12th October 2016 and were presented with an analysis of the What Matters To You? survey.

They considered the key challenges and what the results for their local area.

This contributed towards further debate to identify the priorities in the update of the Future West Sussex Plan and budget implications in the Medium Term Financial Plan. 



West Sussex County Council provides more than £500 million pounds worth of services to over 820,000 residents, 365 days a year.

Most of the time we’re quietly in your lives without you realising, whether that’s fixing the roads you travel on, putting out fires, lending you books, giving a helping hand to children and families or keeping things simple when you need to register a birth or death.

And then of course, there’s the big stuff. Children can get free and quality education at one of our 231 schools, we’re responsible for keeping vulnerable children and adults safe, supporting our more elderly residents and investing in local business to strengthen the local economy. And we’re the ones there in an emergency, whether that’s fire, floods or accidents.

At the heart of all we do is our goal to support you to live healthy, independent lives.

But there are significant challenges ahead, especially around how we pay for services.

It’s vital our focus reflects what our residents want and need.

In 2014 we asked you to tell us what you thought we should focus our efforts on and we listened carefully.

You told us that the following were important to you;                                  

Giving children the best start in life and supporting them to achieve their potential

• Championing the West Sussex Economy to boost job opportunities

• Supporting our elderly residents to remain independent in later life

Do you feel the same now?

We’re asking because there will be difficult decisions that your local councillors will have to make and we are keen to listen to your views.

Please help us to help you by completing this survey.  It will only take a few minutes but will make a huge difference to how we shape the future of West Sussex. Survey closes Tuesday 30 August 2016.

At the end of the survey, you have the opportunity to enter our free prize draw for the chance win an iPad. Only one entry per person and under 12's will require parental/carer consent.




Calling all business owners?

It is really important we hear from business owners as well as residents and voluntary and community organisations.  If you’re a resident and business owner, and want to provide answers from both perspectives please fill in separate surveys- one as a business owner and one as a resident. If you have any queries regarding this, please email us at haveyoursay@westsussex.gov.uk

Easy read or alternative formats

If you need an easy read version please click here. If you would like this in an alternative format please contact us haveyoursay@westsussex.gov.uk or call 01243 777100.



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