Your budget, your say – the results

The results from our recent budget engagement are now in. Thank you to everyone who took part and had their say. You’re helping us to build a better Kirklees for everyone.

Each submission has been considered and has formed part of Cabinet discussions ahead of presenting their proposed budget.

Short-term recovery

As part of the budget engagement, we asked what you would like to see in our Short-Term Recovery Plan. The plan aims to bring normal service and quality back as quickly as possible after the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Key themes from your responses featured improvements to public transport, road conditions and infrastructures.

In the Cabinet’s proposed budget £4 million has been allocated to spend on immediate environmental improvements. This includes addressing issues raised in your responses, such as fly-tipping and street cleansing.

Our Shared Outcomes

We then talked about Our Shared Outcomes and our plans to meet them in the coming years. You let us know how much you agreed or disagreed with our planned actions and shared your thoughts and ideas.

To view the full report, visit Your budget, your say on Involve.

Here’s an overview of the results:

Best start

At least 65% of you agreed or strongly agreed with each of our planned actions to achieve a Best Start for everyone in Kirklees.

You felt most strongly about increasing the number of suitable places for children to spend time outside of school.

 

Well

Over 77% of you agreed or strongly agreed with each of the priority actions set within the Well outcome.

 

Independent

At least 3 out of 4 of you agreed or strongly agreed with our plans to help more Kirklees residents live independently.

The priority that received the most support was to improve adaptations to residents’ homes to enable people to live independent lives.

 

Aspire and achieve

At least 84% of you agreed or strongly agreed with each of the priority actions within the aspire and achieve outcome.

You felt most strongly about us producing an Employment and Skills Strategy that supports residents into work and helps them to progress.

 

Sustainable economy

At least 42% of you agreed or strongly agreed with our planned actions to achieve a sustainable economy.

You felt most strongly about delivering a rolling programme of transport improvements through the West Yorkshire Transport Fund.

 

Safe and cohesive

At least 73% of you agreed or strongly agreed with each of planned actions to achieve our safe and cohesive outcomes.

The action with the most agreement is ‘Develop a framework to ensure the council and its partners work even more effectively in our communities to make them safer and more cohesive.’

 

Clean and green

At least 61% of you agreed or strongly agreed with each of the priority actions set within the clean and green outcome.

You felt most strongly about creating new actions on fly tipping.

 

Shaped by people

At least 60% of you agreed or strongly agreed with each of the priority actions set within the shaped by people outcome.

You felt most strongly about ‘More council services, staff, and policies located in local communities and shaped by them’.

 

Efficient and effective

At least 59% of respondents agree or strongly agree with each of the priority actions set within the efficient and effective outcome.

The action with the most agreement recorded is ‘Improve response times to council enquiries and contacts’.

 

What’s next?

On Tuesday 1 February, Cabinet will meet to discuss their proposed budget. The final budget will be agreed at a meeting of all 69 Kirklees councillors on 16 February.

The budget decides how we will fund services that residents rely on. Services like bin collections, social care services, libraries, and many other things that make our communities cleaner, greener, safer.

We asked for your help to make sure our spending matches the priorities of residents and organisations across Kirklees.

Thank you again to everyone who got involved.