Have your say on 2016/17 budget


Your Community, Your Choice

Tough Choices Budget 2016/17

Over the past five years Devon County Council has saved £174m - giving a total current net budget of £500m to spend on important public services such as adult social care and road maintenance in Devon. New Government spending targets means that a further £110m of savings are likely to be needed over the next 4 years with £35m of this in the coming year 2016/17.

Finding these savings whilst continuing to do what is most important for the people of Devon is becoming increasingly difficult and challenging.

You can help to influence our decisions about how future services are delivered and savings made by telling us your priorities. This consultation closes on Friday 29 January 2016.
What priority do you think the Council should give to the following in your community?
(please select one option per row)
  Essential High priority Medium priority Low priority Not a priority
Supporting vulnerable individuals and families to prevent neglect and harm

Appropriate community support and care for older people

Supporting families with early childcare

Supporting enterprise and investment

Supporting healthy lifestyles

Tackling barriers to employment and increasing skills

Increasing accessibility to facilities and services

Maintaining the quality of Devon's environment

Supporting Devon's cultural heritage

Helping communities help themselves

Protecting consumer rights and safety

Maintaining major road networks

Maintaining minor road networks

Supporting non-commercial public and community transport

Supporting home to school transport
The list below shows the main services provided by Devon County Council. For each service, please select whether you think spending should be protected as much as possible, or reduced. (please select one option per row - hover over for more information on each service)
  Protect service as much as possible Reduce service spending a little Reduce service spending a lot
Residential and nursing care for older people and those with disabilities Residential and nursing care for older people and those with physical disabilities

Help for people at home, Drop in day care and other day services, Respite care and carer support, Home adaptations, equipment Community care services for older people and those with physical disabilities

Helping vulnerable people to establish and keep their independence by supporting them to live in their own homes, Reducing homelessness and rough sleeping for vulnerable adults, by providing a range of support to charities, housing associations and district councils Support for vulnerable adults

Residential and nursing care - including residential respite care, Help for people at home, Drop-in day care and other day services, Carer support, Home adaptations and equipment Learning disability services

Drug and alcohol services, dementia support, rehabilitation services Mental health services

Support for Children's Centres and community outreach, targeted support for troubled families Family support

Safeguarding children teams, Adoption , Family Care Workers, who foster children with complex needs, Care leavers support Safeguarding vulnerable children

Foster care teams, Foster carer’s recruitment service, Fostering support for children with special needs, Adopting Fostering and adopting children

Escorting children to school, Respite care and carer support, Residential care in specialist schools, Specialist equipment , Services supporting and protecting children with special needs, mental health problems and from abuse Support for children with disabilities and their families

Special schools, Supporting children with Special Educational Needs in mainstream schools - this includes statements of special educational needs Special Educational Needs support

Nursery schools and units within primary schools, Pre-school services, Childcare services Early Year's services

Taking children from home to school that live more than two miles from nearest school or whose journey is dangerous, Taking children from home to college School transport

Outreach and mobile services the Youth Participation and REACH teams, support for Duke of Edinburgh programme, Young Farmers, peer education and the Chances Educational Support Service. Helping to further develop Local Youth Work Networks. Youth services

Working with the police, probation and health service to deal with truancy and keeping young offenders away from crime Youth Offending service

Support bus services to communities, Supporting rural bus services including Ring and Ride schemes, Park and ride support, Supporting community transport schemes Public and community transport

General roads maintenance, Winter gritting, Gully cleansing, Public rights of way, Traffic management (including traffic lights) Highways and traffic management

There are approximately 76,000 streetlights across Devon, A large number of these lights have already been converted to part-night lighting Streetlights

Promotion of road safety initiatives Road safety

Disposal of waste to landfill, Alternative schemes such as waste to energy or composting, Recycling centres Waste disposal and recycling

50 libraries across Devon, Mobile libraries Libraries

Long-term and large-scale planning, Minerals and waste planning, Reviewing and securing community and transportation infrastructure needed to support planned development, Minimising the impact of development proposals and planning applications on the transport network Planning and development control

Community regeneration, Business support, Skills and training,Tourism promotion Economic development

Country parks and environmental management, Archaeology service, Arts grants, Devon Records Office, holds all the historical archives for the county, Flood defence management Countryside, heritage and arts

Business support and consumer advice and protection including rogue traders and traders scams, Weights and measures, Animal health, welfare and disease control, Food standards and product safety Trading Standards
How strongly do you feel you belong to your local community?
(please select one option only)
Do you think communities could play a bigger role in the running of local services?
(please select one option only)
What could Devon County Council do to help your community support itself?
(please select those options that apply)
Generally speaking, would you be prepared to be more involved in helping your local community support itself?
(please select one option only)
Which of the following do you currently do, or would consider doing in the future?
(please select one option per row)
  Currently do Would consider Neither
Volunteer or help to run a local service (e.g. youth centre, library)

Help family or neighbours who are ill or disabled

Reduce waste, recycle, or reuse

Use online public services

Support your community to improve safety and security (e.g. Neighbourhood Watch)
Would you pay more council tax if it helped Devon County Council protect services? For example, a 1% council tax rise would give the County Council an extra £3 million to spend on services.
(please select one option only)
Taking everything into account, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the way Devon County Council has managed the tough budget choices over the last two years?
(please select one option only)

The following questions will help us compare results – for example, if men and women have different needs or experiences. All results will be grouped together for reporting so no individual is identifiable.
Are you:
(please select one option only)
Which age band are you in?
(please select one option only)
Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?
Please press submit once to send us your response.

Thank you for your time.
If you, or someone you know, needs more information or a different format phone 0845 155 1015, email customer@devon.gov.uk, text 80011 (start your message with the word Devon),  textphone 0845 155 1020 or write to Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD.
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