Budget consultation report goes to cabinet meeting

Budget consultation

Budget consultation

Our Cabinet members will consider the results of the most recent budget consultation at a meeting on Tuesday 12 January.

What was the budget consultation?

The consultation ran for 6 weeks between 26 October and 6 December 2015 and 1410 people took part.

The consultation questionnaire asked you how you felt the council could best support its three key priorities:

  • Supporting communities to do more for themselves and each other
  • Keeping vulnerable people safe and helping them stay in control of their lives
  • Focusing on the things that only the council can do.

When completing the questionnaire we asked people to consider which of two opposing statements they most agreed with, for 12 options that related to the councils priorities.

The most supported options

The options that received the most support overall were around road safety and supporting disabled people.

84% felt that parents have a clear responsibility for getting their children to school safety. Only 16% felt that the council should provide services that enable children to get to school safely.

83.5% supported the idea that the council should help to maximise disabled people’s independence by helping them to do more for themselves, rather than meeting the needs of disabled people by doing things for them.

Where should services be based?

With regards to accessing services the majority (74%) preferred the idea of travelling to a central location, with a wider range of services available. Only 26% generally preferred having to travel to separate places to access different services.

What about museum collections?

Opinion was divided on the location of museum and gallery collections with 55.5% of people in favour of museum collections staying where they are now, whilst 44.5% were supportive of exhibitions being held in new and different locations.

What services should be a priority?

The biggest split in opinion was around how the council should prioritise which services it maintains. 52% of people felt that the council should prioritise maintaining services that most people use or all people benefit from, but the remaining 48% favoured the council prioritising the maintenance of services for the most vulnerable adults and children in Kirklees.

A final question asked what people think is the most important thing that the council does. 752 people answered this question on the questionnaire and a further 3 provided answers via social media. A third of those who answered indicated it was supporting vulnerable people, other popular responses were waste collection, services for all, education, safe communities, and roads.

Cllr Turner, cabinet member for resources said:

The number of people that completed the survey shows that there is a growing awareness of the budget challenges faced by the council and that people have strong feelings about the services we offer. We take the results of the consultation very seriously and they will be used to inform our proposals for the 2016/17 budget.”

Why is this so important?

Cllr Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Resources said:

“The number of people that completed the survey shows that there is a growing awareness of the budget challenges faced by the council and that people have strong feelings about the services we offer.

We take the results of the consultation very seriously and they will be used to inform our proposals for the 2016/17 budget.”

“It’s important that the public understand the huge challenges we face in the next few years, due to the continued cuts in our budget from central Government.

As we look to reconfigure services, we also need to understand their needs, and involve them as much as possible in the difficult decisions that we will have to take.”

What happens next?

Following cabinet approval, the findings will be presented to full council on 20 January 2016 and be considered as part of the budget planning process and decision making for the coming financial year.

 

3 comments

  • Mrs Patricia Skinner

    why has the Weight Management service within Dewsbury District Hospital been withdrawn? I recently asked for a referral to try to help myself and continue to assist my husband as I had been asked by the Clinical Pyschologist to get a referral from my GP. I have found that the service no longer exists as Kirklees have stopped new referrals for weight management . This is a very important service which will stop people from accessing bariatric surgery, weight management, eating disorders etc.

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    • Thankyou for your comment. As part of a service review, it was decided not to continue the existing service beyond April 2016.

      However, the good news is that we are just about to launch a weight management programme with Weight Watchers. The scheme will give eligible patients free access to Weight Watchers for 12 weeks, along with a free initial consultation. As part of this service, patients will also receive tailored support and information about healthy eating and physical activity.

      The new service is expected to launch later this month (January 2016). We will be in touch with all GPs across Kirklees to provide them with more information once the service is launched, so we would advise that you speak to your GP for a referral.

      We are currently looking at options for commissioning bariatric surgery, and will provide information to GPs once the details are finalised.

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      • Mrs Patricia Skinner

        thank you for your reply. I am full time carer to my husband who has several complex health issues, one of which is morbid obesity made worse by mental health issues. He was attending clinical psycholgist sessions at DDH through weight management services but found it difficult to attend due to his anxiety and struggle to walk. I attended on his behalf to maintain contact and discuss ways to help him and try to change his eating habits with extra support for me. The Psychologist wanted to see me through WM referral but this is now not possible so my husbands health will suffer as I won’t get the support needed to help him. Weight Watchers will not be suitable for all people with weight issues as not all weight problems are simple as stop eating and exercise. This seems to be a ‘quick fix’ which will not suit everyone. The cheaper option no doubt.

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