You can help shape the way Council Tax is spent

Released: Thursday, 08 December 2022

We want you to tell us how we should spend the Council Tax we collect.

Today we have launched two surveys - one for Adur and one for Worthing - for you to say what you think should be the priorities for the year ahead.

Everyone from the age of 14 upwards can complete the anonymous surveys, which should take no more than five minutes.

But that short amount of time is enough for you - residents, workers and businesses - to influence the way we set our budgets for spending on services for 2023/24.

Cllr Neil Parkin, the Leader of Adur District Council, said:

“We know how challenging this year has been for everyone in Adur, with the rising cost of living affecting every aspect of our lives.

“We want to do more to help our residents and businesses to thrive rather than just survive, but times are tight which means we must spend every penny we take in wisely.

“Speaking to the community will help us identify exactly where they think we should be investing their money, for their benefit.”

Cllr Dr Beccy Cooper, the Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:

“As a Council for the community, we understand how difficult it has become for many of our citizens just to get by because of the rising cost of living.

“Our costs are rising fast too, which has left us with some really difficult choices, but we're determined to make sure we can support the most vulnerable in Worthing, with the help of our partners.

“We launched The Big Listen this year to put residents at the heart of decision-making and its success has shown us how much people in Worthing want to have their voices heard. Now, more than ever, it's important for everyone to have their say on how we invest in the services we all use.”

It is the first time we have carried out a consultation of this kind for more than five years, so many people may never have had the opportunity to do so before.

The survey features three key questions, focusing on whether the community is comfortable with spending being reduced on certain services in Adur or Worthing, which services should get more investment, whether Council Tax should be increased and, if so, by how much.

The surveys will be open until 7th January 2023, after which the data will be analysed to find out what people think should be our priorities. The results will then be given to our councillors to help them decide how services should be funded and what level of Council Tax to set for next year.

We will then set our budgets for 2023/24 in February, ahead of the start of the new financial year on 1st April 2023.

Anyone who lives or works in Adur, including businesses based there, can fill in the Adur survey:

Anyone who lives or works in Worthing, including businesses based there, can fill in the Worthing survey :

Adur (view across River Adur) and Worthing (seafront)

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