Somerset residents can now go online to share their views on the County Council’s priorities and other key issues as part of the Listening Learning Changing (LLC) initiative.
The authority’s LLC roadshow is visiting 11 towns across the county this summer, including a stand at the Frome Market in Justice Lane tomorrow (Saturday) between 9am to 1pm. It’s seeking residents’ views as the council looks to the future while facing the challenges of rising demand and falling funding.
And for those unable to meet us face-to-face, an online survey is now available asking people to tell us their priorities and views on some key issues and opportunities like Devolution and the Council’s Vision for Somerset. You can find the online survey and some background information on the Council’s website www.somerset.gov.uk/listening
“We’re visiting communities across Somerset, but of course we can’t be on everyone’s doorstep,” said Councillor John Osman, Leader of Somerset County Council.
“We have spoken to around well over 2,000 people in for towns and I’m delighted so many people have shared their time and views with us. We want to hear from as many residents as possible and the online survey is another way that people can get involved.”
This is the fourth year the authority has run the events, asking people to try their hand at balancing its budget on a giant set of scales. People can also show their priorities by placing coins in our ‘Think Tanks’ and completing the short survey that’s now also available online.
Cllr Osman added: “We are ambitious and looking positively to the future with initiatives like the Vision for Somerset. But once again huge reductions in funding from central Government and pressures caused by an ageing population mean there will be more difficult decisions ahead.
“We need to make savings of around £15m next financial year and it’s important that we understand people’s priorities.”
Central Government funding for the County Council fell by £15m last year and is due to fall by a further £42m by 2019/2020. At the same time, demand for the authority’s services, particularly Adult Social Care, is increasing, driven largely by Somerset’s ageing population. In less than 20 years, people aged 65 and over will make up more than a quarter of the population in almost every part of the county.
Details of the remaining Listening Learning Changing events are below.
|Saturday, 18 June||Frome||Stand at Frome Market||9am – 1pm|
|Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July||Yeovil||Yeovil Show, Yeovil Showground||9am – 6pm
|Wednesday, 27 July||Dunster||Dunster Country Fair||10am – 5pm|
|Friday, 5 August & Sunday 6 August||Taunton||Taunton Flower Show||10am – 6pm|
|Saturday, 20 August||Bridgwater||Stand at Bridgwater Market||9am – 2pm|
|Sunday, 21 August||Shepton Mallet||Mid Somerset Show||8am – 6pm|
|Saturday, 3 September||Wellington||Wellington Food Festival||10am – 4pm|