Missed our roadshows this autumn? Get online NOW to have your say

Live in Somerset, but haven’t yet shared your views with us this autumn?

If your answer is yes, then look no further, because there’s still time to have your say.

Chances are if you’ve been out and about in Somerset over the last few months, you might have spied Somerset County Council’s Listening, Learning, Changing roadshow making its way around the county.

We brought our sounding board to Shepton, Chard, Taunton, Burnham and Yeovil, Wellington and Minehead, Frome, Bridgwater, Wells, Wiveliscombe and North Petherton…

The Council has a tough job ahead, as we need to make over £30m worth of savings over the next financial year to balance our books, and it’s not going to be easy.

We’ve already spoken to thousands of Somerset‘s residents, who have shared their views with us, face-to-face, and told us what their top three priorities are for council tax spending.

They’ve also found out more about the services the Council provides, and the financial challenges we’re faced with.

Now it’s your turn…

If you missed us at the roadshows, then you still have time to tell us what your priorities are.

You have until December 2014 to complete our short survey to give us your views and tell us more about how you would like to interact with the Council.

The survey includes questions on how much extra you would be willing to pay in Council Tax to protect frontline services, to what matters most to you when it comes to spending the pennies.

To have your say, click here: https://somerset.typeform.com/to/b5xLkj

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Notes to editors

Below is what Somerset people told us they would make their top three priorities for spending the County Council’s portion of Council Tax when we took our roadshow out and about.

***PLEASE NOTE*** The top 3 priorities listed for each location are based on the selections of Somerset residents who attended our roadshows and took part in our Think Tank exercise. They are not representative of the views of these towns’ residents. Roadshows took place between August 17 and October 11 2014.

Shepton Mallett, Mid Somerset Show: 1) Attracting jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset . 2) Helping vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 3) Invest in Somerset; improve broadband and road links to help businesses and residents.

Chard Farmers Market: 1) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 2) Attract jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset 3) Keep Council tax frozen for as long as possible.

Taunton town centre: 1) Attract jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset. 2) Better schools producing better results for our children. 3) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes.

Burnham town centre: 1) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 2) Reduce waste; reduce our carbon footprint. 3) Keep Council tax frozen for as long as possible.

Yeovil town centre: 1) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 2) Attract jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset. 3) Fewer children in council care; more people approved to foster and adopt; Better schools producing better results for our children.

Wellington Town Food Festival: 1) Attract jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset. 2) Better schools producing better results for our children. 3) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes.

Minehead town centre: 1) Attract jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset. 2) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 3) Help residents stay healthy; encourage our children to be active.

Frome Cheese Show: 1) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 2) Fewer children in council care; more people approved to foster and adopt. 3) Better schools producing better results for our children.

Bridgwater town centre: 1) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 2) Attract jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset. 3) Invest in Somerset; improve broadband and road links to help businesses and residents.

Wells Market: 1) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 2) Attract jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset. 3) Better schools producing better results for our children.

Shepton Mallett Town Centre Market: 1) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 2) Help residents stay healthy; encourage our children to be active. 3) Attract jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset.

Wiveliscombe Famers’ Market: 1) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 2) Attract jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset. 3) Better schools producing better results for our children.

North Petherton, Sedgemoor Auction Centre: 1) Help vulnerable and elderly people stay in their own homes. 2) Better schools producing better results for our children. 3) Attract jobs and apprenticeships into Somerset.