2012 have your say online results

Nearly 600 people expressed their views on budget priorities online or via paper copies; the survey was also available to print off and in Easy Read format.

Results from the survey suggest the following:

People were asked from the main services provided by Devon County Council whether they thought spending should be protected, or reduced.  The majority of people wanted to protect current spending in almost all areas. The top services where people felt the current level of spending should be protected were:

  • Community care services for older people and those with physical disabilities
  • (93%)
  • Safeguarding vulnerable children (92%)
  • Residential and nursing care for older people and those with physical disabilities
  • (91%)
  • Mental health services (87%)
  • Support for vulnerable adults (84%)
  • Support for children with disabilities and their families (84%)

Most of the services that involved looking after people (young and old) and looking after the vulnerable and disabled were the main areas where people felt spending should remain the same. The survey also provided people with the opportunity to reduce spending in services.

There were very few services that people felt should receive a reduction in spending. There were a few services where the majority (in some cases this is a very small majority) felt a reduction in spending should be made.

  •  Streetlights (68%)
  •  Planning and development control (61%)
  •  Countryside, heritage, and arts (60%)
  •  Early year’s services (59%)
  •  School Transport (54%)