Your chance to be the Chancellor
Budget consultation 2013
The Your chance to the Chancellor 2013 results are now available: 2013 results
This is the fourth year of our annual budget consultation Your chance to be the Chancellor. Our past three consultations have produced a brilliant response, the results have been invaluable in helping us make decisions about how and where our budgets are spent, changes to council tax and helped us determine if you would be willing to take a rise in council tax or keep it frozen. We were really pleased that last year we were able to implement everything you voted for. (See the previous results below for details).
We have been making some really great changes with the results you gave us last year. Firstly we listened to you and froze your council tax for the third year running. Although looking further ahead the Chancellor's austerity measures are becoming harder to deal with and it is becoming more difficult to protect the services residents value.
This is a perfect opportunity to update you on what is happening with the joint working between Adur & Worthing Councils. We have opened our new customer service centre at Portland House in Worthing, this building is a one-stop-shop for all your council services. You can pay bills, speak to staff about everything from benefit claims, housing to planning applications and concerns about environmental health. We are planning to have all staff moved into either Portland House or the Town Hall by the end of 2013.
Residents in Adur will not only be able to speak to a council officer at Portland House but also at the brand new civic presence being planned for The Shoreham Centre. In July there was an opportunity to see the proposed designs for the building at the centre or at the Adur Civic Centre so hopefully you took the opportunity to take a look. The new facilities will be opened later in 2014, but in the meantime customers will still be able to pop into the current Adur Civic Centre for assistance.
Changes to the benefit system
From April last year, we had more flexibility over the level of council tax benefit paid to working age claimants. This benefit is paid to those on very low incomes including pensioners, residents with disabilities and families. It was replaced with new locally run Council Tax Reduction Schemes (CTRS). Under the new scheme pensioners will continue to receive the same level of benefit in future as they did under the old scheme. Last year, following the consultation, we chose to protect all claimants from the change and to pay extra benefits to war widows.
For 2014/15 there will be very little change to the level of the CTRS awards made to residents. This is because both councils want to understand how all of the other changes to benefits, such as disability and housing benefit, are affecting local people before making any change.
Your chance to have a say ...
Both councils are considering making changes in the future and the questions in the survey below will help shape the scheme. The survey asks you about a number of ideas. It is really important that you give your opinion on all of the ideas so we can get a balanced view.
We now have some really important questions to ask you which will help us in shaping our new CTRS for the future.
The consultation period ended on the 4th November 2013. The 2013 results are now available.
A big thank you to all the residents across Adur and Worthing who took the opportunity to become Chancellor for the day as part of our budget engagement exercise in our previous 'Your chance to be the Chancellor' events:
The consultation officer deals with:
- all consultations
- Viewpoint (Adur Resident's Panel)
- Talkback (Worthing Resident's panel)
- Adur's Pot of Gold
(c/o Jo Marshall-inns),
Adur & Worthing Councils,
44 Richmond Road,