Thanet District Council is asking 6,000 local people to take part in its annual survey asking what people think about the local area, the services the council provides, and how residents would like the council to keep them informed.
It also crucially asks for views on the future budget and what residents would do if a service they cared about was at risk of being cut.
Thanet District Council’s Cabinet Member for Financial Services and Estates, Cllr John Townend, said: “It’s never been more important for local people to give us their views. Over the past four years, we’ve seen a significant reduction in funding from Central Government; some £3.6m we could have used to pay for local services.
“Despite this cut in funding, the council has continued to provide a range of more than 30 different services for local people.
“By 2020, it’s anticipated that there will be no Government funding to local councils. This means we have to change the way we deliver some of our services and that difficult decisions will have to be made. I’d encourage everyone selected to take just 15 minutes to tell us what they think, so we can make these tough decisions with their views in mind.”
Residents selected at random will receive a blue postcard from today (Wednesday 13 September 2017) providing them with a unique reference number which they will need to complete the survey online.
All responses to the survey will remain anonymous. The survey can be completed by any resident (aged 18+) living at that address, but only one survey can be completed per household.
Hard copy surveys can be made available for those selected upon request – details are provided on the postcard.
All surveys should be completed by midnight Monday 2 October. The results will be published by the council and will be used to inform its budget.