Shaping the Future: Let’s Talk

Closed 1 Nov 2013

Opened 3 Oct 2013

Feedback updated 5 Feb 2018

We asked

We started a conversation with local people about the decisions that need to be made to shape the future of the council and seek their views on where money might be saved and what their service priorities are.

You said

The overall key messages were:

  • Overall, a total number of 661 people engaged with the Council through the various channels available in the ‘Let’s Talk’ public engagement programme.
  • The majority of respondents expressed a wish to hold Council tax at 0%, overall they chose to reduce spending by on average 26% across all service areas.
  • Findings from all routes indicate that there is a moderate degree of tolerance by Warwickshire respondents for a council tax increase to ensure the delivery of services to off-set the proposed savings required although the level of  increase is minimal.
  • Overall, the results highlight that the public are not overly concerned about protecting absolutely one service over another when allocating resources.
  • The securing of employment and job opportunities for residents in Warwickshire received a slightly greater priority.
  • A significant proportion of all respondents regardless of engagement method consider that extra savings should be made through more efficient use of school transport services and switching off streetlights as well as the provision of adult social care services.
  • Positively, the Leader and other Cabinet Members had approximately 130 conversations with Warwickshire residents at the 8 Let’s Talk events, 4 which were in shopping venues and 4 at libraries.  Key areas of importance highlighted at these events included protecting front line services for the most vulnerable, library services and children’s centres. The majority of respondents in many of these sessions were parents with young families or older people.

We did

Warwickshire County Council would like to thank all those who took the time to provide us with their views on the direction of travel for the authority as it looks to set a balanced budget for 2014/15 and over the medium term.

The information presented in the Cabinet report was among the information considered by the Executive of Council when they proposed a budget at their meeting on 28th January 2014. The final decision on the 2014/15 budget and Council Tax was made by Full Council at their meeting on 6th February 2014.

Results updated 5 Feb 2018

Against a national backdrop of reductions in public spending, setting the budget for Warwickshire County Council will require difficult decisions and choices to be made.  Given the size of the financial challenge, it was important to open up a conversation with the people of Warwickshire and seek their views on where money might be saved and what their service priorities are.

You can find the report that was presented to Cabinet on the 12th December here which sets out the detailed analysis from the different mechanisms of engagement that took place.


To try and help everyone understand the scale of the financial challenge faced by Warwickshire County Council over the next four years, the council has launched an online budget calculator and Council Leader Cllr Izzi Seccombe will be taking part in a series of roadshows from today to meet residents to talk about the situation.

Cllr Seccombe last month announced that the local authority was seeking to make further savings of £92m from its already stretched budgets by 2018.

Cllr Seccombe talked about starting a conversation with local people about the decisions that need to be made to shape the future of the council.  This conversation has begun and is taking different forms to encourage as many people to engage as possible and is known as ‘Let’s Talk’.

The first stage of ‘Let’s Talk’ was the launch of a budget calculator available at until 31 October. The tool enables residents to see how the council’s base budget is spent and invites them to suggest how they think money could be saved. 

In addition to the calculator roadshows which will take place in town centre locations around the county starting on Monday 21 October. A poster with the schedule for these sessions can be viewed here. Please can you assist us to ensure as many people as possible are aware of these events by displaying the poster in any public facing areas.

For more information about the financial challenges facing the council, go to

Let's Talk Questions with the Leader

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, and Cllr Alan Cockburn, Deputy Leader, are hosting a special session next week to tell local people more about the financial challenge faced by the local authority as it seeks to make unprecedented savings of £92million by 2018.

The event, which will take place from 6pm – 8pm on Wednesday 30 October at Shire Hall in Warwick, is also a chance for the public to ask the councillors questions and find out more about some of the difficult decisions which will have to be made.

The Councillor question time session concludes the series of Let’s Talk roadshows currently taking place across Warwickshire. The roadshows have enabled Cllrs Seccombe and Cockburn and Cabinet members to go out and talk to people in local communities to help them understand more about the scale of the savings and find out which services are important to them.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe said: “The roadshows and this session at Shire Hall are proving to be an excellent way to engage with members of the public and have meaningful conversations about the issues we face.”

“I want to help people understand some of the issues we face, the services we provide and to communicate our priorities, which are to protect our most vulnerable citizens, deliver efficient and effective services, and seek opportunities for economic growth.”

The event at Shire Hall is limited to 120 places, book yours now at by calling 01926 414142.

For those unable to attend arrangements will be made to include footage of the session at

Anyone who wishes to get in touch via social media can submit questions and comments throughout the event via Twitter to @wcc_news and these will be addressed in the session.

What happens next

This consultation has now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us their views.


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