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BBC Radio Five Live Local Authority Cuts Poll

Poll of English and Welsh adults on their attitudes towards cuts in local services

  • Public administration like elections and council websites is the area the English and Welsh public think should be the highest priority for cuts over the next few years. 62% of English and Welsh adults think that, given Government funding for local councils in England and Wales is set to be cut over the next few years, public administration would be one of the three areas where they think their local council should be cutting spending.
  • English and Welsh adults are most likely to say that their local council should avoid cutting care services for the elderly or disabled. Three quarters of English and Welsh adults (74%) say this is one of the three areas they think should be avoided for cuts as far as possible, closely followed by two thirds who say children’s services (65%).
  • Care services for the elderly or disabled is the area which every age group is most likely to say their local council should avoid cutting as far as possible.

Living Wage:

  • 71% of English and Welsh adults agree that their local authority should increase council tax to help care home workers be paid the living wage. Only 29% strongly agree though.
  • A quarter (26%) disagree their local authority should increase council tax to help care home workers be paid the living wage.

 

 

Date Published: 23 February 2016

Categories: Economy | Economy | Finance | GB | Health | Personal Finance | Politics | Public and communities | Public Sector | Social

Client: BBC Radio Five Live

Methodology

ComRes interviewed 904 English and Welsh adults aged 18+ by telephone from 12-14th February 2016. Data were weighted to be representative of all English and Welsh adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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