We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We Asked

The purpose of the consultation was to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the VCS in West Sussex
  • Gain a deeper insight into the needs of the Voluntary Community Sector (VCS)
  • Gather your views on the current Voluntary Community Sector Infrastructure support
  • Understand more about the challenges that the VCS are facing. 

You Said

Survey was live from 19th February to 16th March.  We received 163 responses from a range of organisations. Your greatest challenges were:

  • Funding
  • Recruitment and retention of volunteers
  • Keeping track of changes in policy and/or legislation
  • Engagement with Statutory Sector eg WSCC, D&B’s, NHS
  • Premises
  • Skills and Training

We Did

The results are part of the ongoing consultation process with the Voluntary Community Sector and were shared at the VCS Engagement Event in April as well as sharing findings with the Infrastructure Organisations.    Following on from the VCS Engagement Event and survey results, a series of focus groups will be set up on the following themes: 

  • Volunteering
  • Partnerships and networking
  • Voice and communications
  • Funding
  • Training, governance and voluntary sector advice

We are hoping that group discussions on the above topics will take place over the coming months looking at different issues and identifying solutions that will make a positive difference going forward.

We Asked

We asked for your feedback on the proposal to amend the number of places West Sussex County Council commissions at the Special Support Centre at Hazelwick School. The proposal aligned provision more closely with need and made best use of available funding.

You Said

43 of you took part in the consultation and fed back your views on the proposal via the online survey. 42 respondents were opposed to the proposal to reduce the number of places and 1 neither supported or objected to the proposal. 

35 of you who responded went on to give further detail on your views with the majority commenting on insufficient SEND provision, reducing choice for families and the quality of provision.

We Did

Your comments were fully considered and addressed in the Decision Report which can be viewed here

Based on evidence of the number of specialist places required for children with hearing impairment and that the proposal will not affect children currently occupying places in the Special Support Centre, the West Sussex County Council Director for Education and Skills took a decision that came into effect on 28 March 2018 to approve the proposal. The number of places the County Council commissions at the Special Support Centre at Hazelwick School will be amended to 4 places, for implementation from September 2018.

Thank you to everyone that responded.   

We Asked

The Council has a statutory duty to consult on admission arrangements each year where there are proposed admission arrangement changes and once every seven years if there are no proposed changes.  We asked for your  views on its proposed admission arrangements for children who will be starting or transferring schools in September 2019. 

You Said

112 of you took part in this survey.

We Did

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills has:- 

1.     Approved the National Scheme of Co-ordination for starting school and secondary transfer for 2019/2020 and changes to the non-statutory dates.

2.     Agreed the proposal to decrease the Published Admission Number for Lyndhurst Infant School from 120 to 90.

3.     Agreed the proposal to combine the catchment areas of Midhurst CE Primary (Controlled) and Easebourne CE Primary (Controlled) Schools creating a dual catchment area for both schools to enable more appropriate place planning in the area.

4.     Agreed that the proposal to remove the North/South dividing line in the oversubscription criteria for secondary schools in the Horsham Town area is not taken forward at this time, but that it is revisited in the near future when a new mixed secondary school is established.

We Asked

The Shoreham Harbour Regeneration Partnership, who has produced the Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan, asked for comments at various stages of the documents preparation. 

You Said

Comments made have been taken into account during the preparation of the documents. A schedule of proposed main and minor modifications to the plan, following the last representations stage, as well as a summary of representations have been submitted to the inspector for their consideration as part of the examination of the Plan.

We Did

In accordance with regulations*, Adur District Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and West Sussex County Council submitted the Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 31 May 2018 for independent examination. The Proposed Submission Joint Area Action Plan, together with supporting documentation submitted to the Secretary of State, is available on the Adur & Worthing Councils websites at:

https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/shoreham-harbour-regeneration

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/planning/planning-policy/shoreham-harbour-regeneration

*Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

Hard copies of the submission documents are available at the following locations for inspection during opening hours:

Brighton

 Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JE

 Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE

Chichester

 County Hall, West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RQ

Hove

 Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, BN3 3BQ

 Hove Library, 182-186 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2EG

Portslade

 Portslade Library, 223 Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, BN41 1XR

Shoreham

 Shoreham Centre, Pond Rd, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5WU

 Shoreham Library, St Mary’s Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5ZA

Southwick

 Southwick Library, Southdown Road, Southwick, BN42 4FT

 Shoreham Port, Nautilus House, 90-100 Albion St, BN42 4ED

Worthing

 Portland House, Richmond Rd, Worthing, BN11 1HS

Examination

The Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan will now be subject to an independent examination which will be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State. Details will be published on the councils’ websites. Notification will also be sent to all those who made representations at previous Regulation 19 stages (Proposed Submission Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan 2017).

A Programme Officer has been appointed to assist the Planning Inspector. All future correspondence relating to the public examination hearings should be via the Programme Officer, using the following contact details:

Mr Chris Banks

Programme Officer

Mob: 07817 322750

email: bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com

We Asked

We asked for your feedback on the proposal to amend the Special Support Centre provision at Maidenbower Junior School from Additional Learning Needs to Autistic Spectrum Condition, to enable provision which is more in line with need and to make best use of available funding.

You Said

72 of you took part in the consultation and fed back your views on the proposal via the online survey or by email.  60 of the responses were in support of the proposal, 6 neither objected nor supported and 6 responses objected to the proposal. 

47 of you who responded went on to give further detail on your views and the overarching message was that additional provision for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition is very much needed and welcomed.  

Thank you to everyone that responded.    

We Did

The West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills took a decision that came into effect on 28th February to approve the proposal to amend the Special Support Centre provision at Maidenbower Junior School from provision for Additional Learning Needs to provision for Autistic Spectrum Condition, for implementation from September 2018. 

You can view the Cabinet Member Decision Record and the Decision Report here.

We Asked

The County Council has a statutory duty to commission sufficient school places for children and young people across the County.  Having identified areas of growth in the number of Primary and Secondary School Places, we asked you to provide feedback on proposals for expansion at Felpham Community College, St Mary's Catholic Primary in Bognor Regis and Easebourne CE Primary in West Sussex from 2019.

You Said

190 of you took part in the consultation and fed back your views on the various proposals for school expansion via the online survey, by letter or by email. Letters were also received from the Heads and Governing Bodies from all the schools and the Diocese of Chichester and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. 

There were 30 responses to the proposed expansion of Felpham Community College, 14 of which were in support, 7 neither objected or supported and 9 were objections.  There were 17 responses for St Mary's Catholic Primary, 7 were in support, 2 neither objected or supported and 8 were objections.  Of the 125 responses for Easebourne CE Primary, 15 were in support, 21 were neither objected nor supported and 91 were objections.

We Did

The West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills took a decision that came into effect on 22 Jan 2018 to approve the publication of statutory notices to further consult on the expansion of two of the schools, Felpham Community College and St Mary's Catholic Primary, Bognor Regis. 

The statutory public notice is attached below or can be accessed hereFurther details about the proposals for Felpham Community College and St Mary's Catholic Primary, Bognor Regis are provided below and can be found here

There is a representation period for comemnt of 4 weeks which commences from 8th February 2018. 

The Cabinet Member further decided that the expansion of Easebourne CE Primary School is not currently progressed.  He suggests that this requires the investigation of alternative options to cater for demand in the area and further consultation may take place in the future with schools and the wider community in the Rother Valley.

We Asked

We asked for your views on the principles containted in the Chichester Space Audit.

You Said

There were a total of 189 electronic responses recorded during the consultation period. A further 25 responses were either submitted in writing or received outside of this period. There were also numerous posts submitted via social media that have also been considered.

We Did

The results fed into recommendations which were presented to the South Chichester CLC on the 20th February 2018 (link to agenda), and were circulated to Members and Senior Officers both at the County Council and Chichester District Council prior to this.  The outcome of this meeting will be shared as soon as the minutes become available

We Asked

Consultation was undertaken with a wide range of stakeholders to help develop the new West Sussex Suicide Prevention Strategy.  For more comprehensive information about this process and the results which informed the strategy, please visit the JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) webpage here.

 

You Said

For more comprehensive information about this process and the results which informed the strategy, please visit the JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) webpage here.

We Did

A new West Sussex Suicide Prevention Strategy had been developed based on evidence drawn from the West Sussex Suicide Audit (2017), engagement with front-line workers via an online consultation , a brief review of effective models of suicide prevention and local level analysis of emergency hospital admissions for self-harm.

We Asked

We asked you to comment on the the build out and priority give way system proposed for West Street.

You Said

Thank you very much for completing the online consultation and for those of you who attended the little event in the library.  75% of those that responded supported the proposal and all of those identified as living in West Street itself. 

Many of you suggested in the comment section and at the event that the 20mph limit should be extended west into West Street and I have discussed this request with the Highway Manager.  Currently traffic speeds are too high for the implementation of a 20mph, this might sound strange but national guidance and the police are of the view that 20mph limits should be self-enforcing in that they should be introduced where the average car driver is not travelling too quickly.  However, once the works are complete I will have a further speed study carried out and will ensure that the results are passed along to your town council and the highway manager.  There is also a view that it would not make sense to treat only West Street but that any scheme of this kind should encompass adjoining roads as well. 

Some people also suggested that additional features such as humps and tables should be installed; we will keep these ideas in mind going forward but will see what can be achieved just with the proposed priority one way.  As I mentioned before we will do a speed evaluation in the months after the scheme has been installed.

A small number of respondents were concerned about parking and waste collections.  This proposal should not materially affect either of these provisions, there is no plan to change the parking restriction here although a space or so might be lost due to the build out section.

We Did

What we will do

I will now move the works into the build phase and have the job placed in this year’s build programme.  Due to other commitments this is likely to be toward the end of this year or into early 2018.  I will keep you informed of the likely start date nearer the time.  I will retain your email addresses for this purpose only but if you wish to be removed from the list please contact me directly.

We Asked

We asked your views about your experiences, perceptions and priorities regarding crime and community safety in your area. 631 responses were received.

You Said

Of the 631 respondents, 84 identified as having been a victim of crime in the past 12 months.

Of the 84 victims;

61 had reported the incident to someone.

Whilst 23 had not been reported.

 

536 respondents stated they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their local area as a place to live.

52 were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied.

And 43 stated they were either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.

 

Compared to the rest of the UK;

477 respondents stated they thought that crime in their area was lower than average.

134 thought it was about the same.

Whilst 20 thought it was higher than average.

 

Over the past three years;

20 respondents stated their concern about crime and community safety had decreased.

376 stated it had stayed the same.

And 235 said it had increased.

 

The top 5 priorities were identified as:

1 – Catching and convicting offenders

2 – Early intervention with young people to prevent them from offending

3 – Providing an accessible police presence in communities

4 – Working with families who cause the most problems in the community

5 – Crime prevention

We Did

The feedback that you provided contributes towards informing local priorities and actions to tackle crime and disorder in your area.

Data from the surveys has been used to inform the West Sussex Community Safety Agreement (revised) 2017 - 20, which is available here .

We Asked

Do you attend the dentist regularly (within the last 6 to 12 months)?

Do your children attend the dentist regularly (within the last 6 to 12 months)?

You Said

302 adults with children aged 5 years old and under living in Crawley responded.

243 adults responded yes, they attend the dentist regularly

168 adults with children aged 5 years old and under said their child/ children attend the dentist regularly

 

We Did

Updated our records.

Made Oral Health a health priority for Crawley (Health for Families Programme), liaising with local Crawley dentists on how to make the service more accessible to families

Ensure that Oral Health is discussed at Discover Baby sessions

 

We Asked

The County Council has a statutory duty to commission sufficient school places for children and young people across the County.  Having identified areas of growth in the number of Primary and Secondary School Places, we asked you to provide feedback on proposals for expansion at 10 Primary and Secondary schools in West Sussex from 2017.

You Said

195 of you took part in the consultation and fed back your views on the various proposals for school expansion via the online survey, by letter or by email. Letters were also received from the Heads and Chairmen of the Governing Bodies from all the schools.

We Did

West Sussex County Council met on 14th March and approved expansion proposals for 9 Primary and Secondary Schools in the County.   Expansion at Blackwell Primary School was not supported given the numbers of children for entry in 2017 is lower than anticipated and the expansion was opposed by the wider community.  Please click here to view the Cabinet Member Report.  The Council has now written to the Heads and Chairs of Governing Bodies to confirm the decisions made.

We Asked

We asked you to tell us how you used 11 local bus routes across West Sussex.

 

You Said

We received 321 responses to the survey, providing us with useful information about how you use these bus services and any impacts their changes may cause.  

In particular, just over one third of you raised concerns about the plan to withdraw the 74/74A/75 off peak service and replace it by diverting service 100.

We Did

Your feedback was passed to the Transport Planning team to inform the planning process and new timetables.

The plan to cease the 74/74A/75 service has now been cancelled and the service will continue to run with a modified scheme retaining the daytime service. The 100 service will remain unchanged.

You can view the full list of confirmed service changes in the Results section of this project.

All changes will take effect from 23 April 2017

We Asked

We asked you if you are likely to use the new facility when it is ready, and if you had any comments you wish to make about the proposals?

You Said

Fifty-five of you who provided feedback to us, and this is very much appreciated. Of the 55 responses:

  • 69% of you stated that you are either very likely/likely to use the new facility
  • 20% of you said you are either unlikely/very unlikely to use it
  • 11% of you said neither

Many of you provided helpful comments toward the proposals. Some others expressed concerns. The range of topics covered can be summarised as follows:

  • Improvements to Comet Corner, Oystercatcher or Church Lane roundabouts are more urgent
  • Should allow for equestrian use
  • Priority for and safety of cyclists across side road accesses and junctions
  • Connection with existing facilities

We Did

We have reviewed your comments with our design consultants, and changes have been made to the proposals where possible. We will increase the width of the existing traffic island on the A259 at Comet Corner to allow pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the road there. We will make sure the signing at either end of the proposed facility is clear to help cyclists to find their way around. We are also exploring alternative options to cross the A259 further east of the roundabout at Church Lane and Crookthorn Lane.

There is a separate improvement scheme at Comet Corner currently being prepared and will be implemented shortly.

We Asked

we asked you to look at a number of options for schemes, some of these options had repeated themes and we then asked you rank them in order of preference.

We also asked you to comment on some common themes that could be present at each location.

You Said

Felpham Village Centre – consultation results    

Thank you for responding to the Village Centre Consultation.  There were 158 responses

Vicarage lane Junction:

Using a statistical model to evaluate your ranking responses option two came out ahead followed by option three a close second: 

The prevalent features of these two options were to retain the wider road junction and retain a pedestrian island, to retain a wider crossing point outside the Beauty shop and to have a wide carriageway surface marking.

Limmer Lane Junction:

Using the same statistical model as before option one came out ahead closely followed by option two. These two options include retaining as much parking as possible and to establish a safe crossing point.

Surface colour:

Of those that responded to this question 50% were in favour of a red colour, 24% preferred buff and 26% preferred to leave the surface black.

20mph Limit

71% of respondents supported the village wide limit and 29% did not.

Additional Features

Flower planters were the most desired extra feature with 87 positive responses.

 

 

Flower planters

87

cycle stands

69

Decorative seating

61

wooden bollards

41

 

 

Your Comments

There were 41 mentions of limmer Lane many of which were concerned with excessive speed in this road as well as inconsiderate parking

There were 27 mentions regarding road crossing and zebra crossings

 

 

We Did

Felpham Village Centre – Consultation We Did   

Thank you for responding to the Village Centre Consultation.  There were 158 responses

Vicarage lane:

Having viewed your most favoured choices I have briefed our designer to go away and design the next stage of the proposal keeping your views firmly in mind.  We will look to retain the pedestrian crossing island on the junction and will take a serious look at the possibility of a zebra crossing.

Limmer Lane:

We feel you are most concerned with having sufficient parking bays but closely concerned with having a safe crossing point.  I will try and progress both of these options into the next stage of the design.

We Asked

The consultation

This is intended as a follow up to my last communication to indicate how we intend to act following your comments and opinions to move forward with the scheme.

You Said

A majority of responses thought we had the right amount of features, however, a large minority felt that there were too many.  Features 3 and 8 were the least popular.  Some of these comments thought that the features were too intrusive, would impede buses and were not suited to the road. We have heard these views and will look to reduce the number of features slightly and to limit their impact on the ordinary road user whilst still reducing the speed of the faster motorists.

Other Roads, including Wroxham Way and Outerwyke Road were of concern to many people who responded.  The concerns raised were sensible and therefore we will look to ensure that the final scheme reflects these concerns and whether we can do something about the speeds here.  We shall undertake a speed measurement in Wroxham Way in particular to understand what the current situation is so look out for my little box on the roadside.

We Did

We will now prepare another more detailed design taking into account what we have heard.  When this is ready I will send out a card and invite you to take a look online at the proposals and invite your comments and opinion before I move to a final construction proposal.

Again my thanks to you for taking part in the survey.

We Asked

  • How can a trader assurance scheme such as Buy with Confidence (BWC) be best promoted in West Sussex?

 

  • What do West Sussex businesses look for in a trader assurance scheme?

You Said

  • BWC members would most like to the scheme promoted in local newspapers.

 

  • Businesses attach high importance to both Trading Standards approval and publicity.

 

  • The affordability of a trader assurance scheme is another key consideration for businesses.

We Did

  • West Sussex Trading Standards is considering future options for BWC in West Sussex, taking into account what would be most beneficial to local businesses and consumers alike.

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..

 

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. This consultation links with the wider public consultation on What Matters To You which can be found here.

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.

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.

 

 

We Asked

The Fire & Rescue Service has a statutory duty to consult on, and publish, a 3-5yr ‘Integrated Risk Management Plan’ (IRMP). This is an analysis of the current and projected risk profile in the county and how the Fire & Rescue Service is organised to support local communities through a combination of prevention, protection and emergency response activities.

The consultation sought the views of the wider community on the WSFRS analysis of risks and its approach to risk management planning. Respondents were asked to complete an online questionnaire with a ‘free text’ box for any additional comments, questions or suggestions for service improvement.

You Said

We received 80 online responses via the questionnaire and three email responses. Of the 80 (anonymous) responses, 24 included additional comments.

Of the online questionnaire responses received:

  • 87.5% agreed or strongly agreed the CRMP was easy to understand
  • 82.5% agreed or strongly agreed the community risk information was clearly explained
  • 88.75% agreed or strongly agreed that emergency response activity was clearly explained
  • 88.75% agreed or strongly agreed that WSFRS reduces risk through its prevention, protection and emergency response activities.

We Did

Following your feedback an electronic link to the Critical Risk Map that supports the data in the CRMP has been inserted into the document.

Responses to each issue raised via the ‘free text’ section have been published via the Have Your Say Consultation Hub: https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/west-sussex-fire-rescue-service/west-sussex-fire-rescue-service-community-risk-man

Having considered the feedback from the consultation and the views of the Environment & Community Services Select Committee, the Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services has endorsed and agreed to adopt the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Community Risk Management Plan 2016-20.

We Asked

All responses to the public consultation have been analysed and the Children and Family Centre (CFC) and Library Service teams are now planning how to ensure the best fit of both services for the local community.

There is no immediate plan to relocate any new CFC activities to the library building at this stage, though both teams will continue to work together to improve access to services for all residents

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Said

Thank you for your participation.  All the response to the public consultaiton have been analysed

We Did

There is no immediate plan to relocate any of the Children and Family Centre acitivies to the library at this stage, although both teams will continue to work together to  improve access to services for all residents.

We Asked

Was there anything else in the vicinity that you would like us to know about?

You Said

A good response has been received for the consultation here,20 packs were delivered to local residents with 71 responses which is a 32% response.

  • Old Coastguards indicated 56% in favour of the works with 35% not in favour of all respondents, a small majority but enough for clarity
  • Admiralty Road showed a 72% in favour with 24% not in favour of all respondents, a comfortable majority  in   favour.

Both of these projects have been passed to our contractor for commencement later in the year.

A number of respondents asked for a crossing point suitable for mobility scooters

We Did

THe possibility was looked into and a possible solution found, so this feature has been added to the project plan for delivery later in the year.

We Asked

The County Council on behalf of the governing body of the school proposes to increase the number of places available at the Special Support Centre (SSC) at Parklands Community Primary School by eight places as part of the school expansion. We welcomed your views on the proposal to increase the number of places available in the SSC to 16.

You Said

we received 27 responses to the consultation the results of the survey are below

Support the proposal  16 59.26%
Object to the proposal  5 18.52%
Neither Support or Object to the proposal  6 22.22%
 

We Did

The results of the consultation were passed to the Schools Governing Body for analysis and comment. Their decision to support the expansion from the current eight places to a maximum of 16 was received on the 27/07/2016

We Asked

We asked you to tell us how you used the suspended bus stops along the A24, A264 and A259.

You Said

You provided us with lots of information about the way you use these stops and any impacts the suspension of their use may cause. The results can be seen in the report section of this project.

We Did

The results of the consultation are still being considered and at this time no decision has been made regarding which of the suspended stops, if any, might be brought back into service by constructing bus lay-bys. The use of lay-bys is considered to be the only appropriate method of providing a safe setting down/pick up point on dual carriageway roads where the speed limit is greater than 40mph.

We are currently working out the full cost of providing bus lay-bys. The anticipated cost of providing lay-bys to the stops affected would be considerable and it is not likely that we will be able to bring all of the suspended stops back into service. Any future works would have to be prioritised against other schemes in the forward works programme.

We Asked

Parents for their views and experiences to help shape the operation and delivery of the extended free childcare. West Sussex County Council will introduce the 30 hours of extended free childcare for working parents of eligible 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017.

You Said

• 88% said they ‘definitely would’, ‘very likely’ or ‘fairly likely’ use the additional hours.

• 45% would split their funding over more than one provider if their current provider can only deliver 15 hours.

• 46% would switch provider in order to use the full 30 hours.

• For parents who do not use any childcare – 25% would consider using formal childcare such as a nursery, pre-school or a childminder for their child if they could use 30 free hours of childcare.

• For parents currently in work, 56% would increase their work hours or look for another job if able to use the additional 15 free hours of childcare.

• 20% who are currently not working would look for work to become eligible for the additional 15 hours.

• For parents with another child 39% would start using formal childcare or increase the childcare used for other children.

We Did

We shared the findings of this parent survey with West Sussex Early Years childcare providers who will be planning to deliver the extended free childcare. The implications from this survey are being considered against current sufficiency of childcare mapping and capital requirement assessments.

You can access the full summary report in the results section above.