Council Plan 2025 - Engagement questionnaire

Closed 20 Oct 2019

Opened 23 Sep 2019

Feedback Updated 6 Apr 2020

We Asked

To support the development of the Council Plan 2025 a programme of engagement with the public and key stakeholders was delivered during September and October 2019.  

The aim of this was to:  

• Understand levels of support for the proposed outcomes and objectives which will drive the plan.  

• Gather feedback on public and stakeholder priorities across objectives.  

• Yield specific suggestions to inform the work of the Climate Change Task and Finish Group to develop an action plan following the Council’s declaration of a climate change emergency.  

 

Engagement methods:  

  • An engagement questionnaire was available online on ‘Ask Warwickshire’ and by telephone/email request as a paper version or in alternative formats. Paper surveys could be returned via a free business reply service or dropped off at any Warwickshire library.  

  • Nine roadshows were held across the county where people could talk to councillors and council officers, complete a short questionnaire and participate in an interactive voting activity. Locations were: Bedworth, Southam, Warwick, Leamington, Atherstone, Coleshill, Stratford upon Avon, Nuneaton and Rugby.  

  • People could also feed back directly by post or email.

You Said

In total 1,112 engagement questionnaires were completed, and 826 people completed a shorter questionnaire at the roadshows. Further feedback was gathered via the other roadshow methods, and four responses were received by email or in writing. 

You told us that our key priorities should be to: 

  • support vulnerable children and adults 

  • ensure access to high quality education settings and opportunities 

  • make sure we have a good transport network including highways, public transport and active travel (walking and cycling) 

  • respond to climate change and your environmental concerns including recycling and reducing waste 

  • support public health and wellbeing 

  •  manage our resources efficiently and sustainably 

 

Of the responses received, your top three priorities were 

  • to support vulnerable children and adults 

  • to make sure we have a good transport network including highways, public transport and active travel (walking and cycling) 

  • to respond to climate change and your environmental concerns including recycling and reducing waste. 

We Did

Feedback from this engagement was considered by Warwickshire County Council Cabinet on December 16th 2019 and on February 18th Warwickshire County Council approved the Council Plan 2025. 

Based on our engagement with the people of Warwickshire, we are confident that our outcomes and objectives support your priorities. 

The Council Plan provides the framework for the Council’s work over the next five years and sets out the Council’s vision “to make Warwickshire the best it can be, sustainable now and for future generations”. 

The plan to achieve this vision is driven by two overarching priorities. The first is for Warwickshire’s communities and individuals to be supported to be safe, healthy and independent to help the most vulnerable children and adults. The second is for Warwickshire’s economy to be vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure.  This will support communities and businesses to develop skills, attract investment, maintain the county’s transport network and enable young people to access a place in a high-quality educational setting. 

The Council Plan also reflects its plans to respond to the climate change emergency it declared in 2019 and emphasises its commitment to make the best use of its resources in delivering its two priorities. 

Prevention and early intervention are at the heart of the Plan, promoting working with communities and building on the strengths of individuals and communities. 

Please click on this link to find out more about the Council Plan 2020-2025.

Results Updated 24 Feb 2020

Feedback from this engagement was considered by Warwickshire County Council Cabinet on December 16th 2019. The feedback report and minutes of this meeting can be viewed by clicking on this link to the December Cabinet meeting papers. The analysis reports are also available below.

At the December meeting the Cabinet noted the key messages and conclusions from the public engagement programme and endorsed the next steps for the development of the Council Plan 2025.

Warwickshire County Council Cabinet considered and approved the Council Plan at its meeting on February 18th 2020. The papers for this meeting can be viewed by clicking on this link to the February Council meeting papers.

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Overview

As a county council we want Warwickshire to be the best it can be, sustainable now and for future generations.

Our county, with its vibrant mix of towns and rural areas, heritage and culture, businesses of all sizes and great connectivity is brimming with opportunities, but our world is also facing significant challenges. We want your views about how to build on our many strengths to make Warwickshire the best it can be, sustainable now and for future generations. 

Our vibrant economy must be sustained. Traditional sources of council funding are diminishing, and our environment is under threat. The council has declared a climate change emergency and we want your views about how we can address this to ensure Warwickshire's future sustainability. 

We know we face pressures arising from increasing demand for services and further uncertainty on our long term resources; particularly in adult and children’s social care, special educational needs and disability, and waste. We are tackling these challenges from a strong base: we manage our finances responsibly and our staff are engaged, committed and passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes for our communities. 

We are focused on the future and want to set out our plans for the next five years. What are our objectives, how do we prioritise our actions, and how will we fund them? We also welcome your suggestions about specific things we should do to deliver our objectives and achieve our three priority outcomes.

It’s important for us to know if what we are planning is important to you. Where would you prioritise the council’s work? Should we be spending more on certain services? Are there areas where you think we could spend less in order to afford to do this?

We want to know what you think, and we want your views to inform our five-year plan. Over the coming weeks please do engage with us, respond to our questionnaire, and talk to us at one of our October roadshows. (See the list of confirmed roadshows below. This will be updated with further dates and locations as they are confirmed).

How to take part

  • Complete the online questionnaire below.
  • Ask for a paper copy or an alternative format or language by telephone (01926 ​738838) or email (askwarwickshire@warwickshire.gov.uk)
  • Come and talk to us at one of our roadshows (see below). 
  • Respond directly to askwarwickshire@warwickshire.gov.uk or in writing to : Council Plan 2025 Engagement,  Commissioning Support Unit, Resources Directorate, Warwickshire County Council, Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL

What Happens Next

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to share their views with us. Your feedback will be considered by Warwickshire County Council Cabinet in December.

Further updates will be available on this webpage.

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