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Budget consultation - Financial Year 2015-16

Budget: Have your say 2015/16

We need to save £85m over the next four years. We’ll have less money in the future, so we’ll have fewer staff and won’t be able to do as much. What council services would you choose to protect, reduce or cease?

Have your say by completing our short online survey here

Write to: Budget Have your say, Freepost, RTGL-ESEE-ETTK Walsall Council, Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall WS1 1DA or email budgetconsultation@walsall.gov.uk

Alternatively call us on 01922 653644

Speak to council staff about the budget at the following venues between 1 and 29 September 2014:

Monday 1 September 2014First Stop Shop Civic Centre Walsall2pm-4pm
Wednesday 3 September 2014Brownhills Library10am-12pm
Thursday 4 September 2014Aldridge Library10am-12pm
Monday 8 September 2014First Stop Shop Civic Centre Walsall10am-12pm
Wednesday 10 September 2014Pelsall Library 10am-12pm
Thursday 11 September 2014Central Library Walsall12pm-2pm
Friday 12 September 2014Darlaston Library10am-12pm
Monday 15 September 2014First Stop Shop Civic Centre Walsall10am-12pm
Wednesday 17 September 2014Central Library Walsall10am-12pm
Friday 19 September 2014Bloxwich Library 10am-12pm
Monday 22 September 2014First Stop Shop Civic Centre Walsall2pm-4pm
Thursday 25 September 2014Central Library Walsall4pm-6pm
Friday 26 September 2014Willenhall Library10am-12pm
Monday 29 September 2014First Stop Express Bus Park St Walsall10am-4pm

We will make the best of what we’ve got

It’s a difficult time to be in the public sector. The world is changing and there will be less money. The public sector will have to change radically because of having less money. Some difficult choices will have to be made and at Walsall Council we expect that we’ll have to save £85 million over the next four years.

There are four main areas that we’re focussing on to make a difference.

  1. We’re helping businesses create jobs and opportunities in Walsall and we’re helping Walsall people find work.
  2. We’re helping Walsall people lead healthier lives and older people live independently.
  3. We’re creating safe and sustainable places where everyone can live.
  4. We’re working to help the children who need the most help and we’re working so children can learn and make the best start in life they can.

What Walsall Council Does

Walsall Council provides a wide range of statutory (by law) and discretionary (optional) services. Remind yourself of the different services we provide by reviewing our list of services (20KB .PDF) and street scene picture (178KB .PDF).

Look out for our draft budget proposals to be published in late October 2014.

We’re working harder than ever to make Walsall a better place for everyone. We’ll have less money and we are likely to have fewer people so we’ll be able to do less. But we’ll make the best of what we’ve got. You can read more about the council's budget in the Budget Book 2014/15 or view our key financial information page .

You said, we did

Information gathered as part of budget consultation is used alongside other data and knowledge to inform decision making around the budget. Each year, in a report to Cabinet, we summarise what people told us and what policy decisions were made. This extract from the Cabinet report for 5 February 2014 (72KB .PDF) details what budget proposals were approved and rejected as part of the 2014/15 budget setting process.

Budget Consultation Telephone Survey

Walsall Council has commissioned some independent market research to find out people’s views on budget reductions and spending priorities, the findings from which will be used alongside other information to inform the budget setting process for 2015/16.

Consultation will be taking place between 20 August and 15 September 2014 with the findings reported to Cabinet in October 2014. If you are called please take time to answer the questions which take just 10 minutes.

Independent research agency BMG Research, based in Birmingham, will undertake 1,000 telephone interviews with a random sample of residents across the borough.  

BMG Research
7 Holt Court North
Aston Science Park
B7 4AX

If you receive a call from BMG Research please be reassured that this research is authentic and participation is completely voluntary. You will not be asked your name or address but the survey does ask a few questions about you (age, gender, ethnicity, disability, work status, whether you have children aged under 16 and home postcode) your answers will help us better understand the results. Your personal information will at no point be reported in a way that may identify you or your household.

BMG Research will make calls to a random sample of residents between 20 August and 15 September 2014 and will include weekend and evening calls (9am to 9pm on weekdays, 10am to 4pm on weekends).

BMG Research draw telephone numbers from marketing lists purchased from specialist providers and numbers are randomly generated. The process known as "random digit dialling" involves generating a phone number by randomly adding the last set of digits to known valid area codes and exchange numbers to produce a telephone number. Other than the approximate geographical location of this number based on the area code and telephone exchange, nothing else is known about the number. The council has not provided BMG Research with any contact details.

It is a legal requirement under The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 for companies or organisations that are making unsolicited calls (cold calling) for sales or marketing purposes to filter those calls against the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) list. There are no legal or regulatory requirements to filter unsolicited calls made for research purposes against the TPS. Research commissioned by Walsall Council does not intended to sell, market or provide any details for any goods or services in any way and calls are made to simply request participation in a genuine research study. In conducting research we want to ensure that the individuals who take part are fully representative of the target audience being researched. Therefore to exclude individuals with TPS registered telephone numbers could bias the results. It would also deny people the opportunity of participating in the research, the results of which may impact policies or services they use.

However all research is voluntary and you can ask not to be contacted again for a particular study or you can ask for the company conducting that research to add your number to their ‘no call’ list so they never call you again for the purpose of research. You can register for the Telephone Preference Service here.

BMG Research is a member of the Market Research Society and adheres to strict professional guidelines. Should you wish to make a complaint regarding their conduct undertaking this work, visit the Market Research Society www.mrs.org.uk/complain where you can download a complaint form.

This page was last updated on 11 September 2014