Councillors urge all residents to have their say in highlighting priorities (From Kidderminster Shuttle)
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Councillors urge all residents to have their say in highlighting priorities
COUNCILLORS have urged Wyre Forest residents to respond to the spending consultation as they look to avoid a repeat of previous surveys being labelled “invalid”.
The plea came as the council launched its first major public consultation since the controversial Kidderminster Town Council question, which received just 1,559 responses from an electorate of around 40,000 .
It led to some councillors dismissing the result as “invalid”, including Independent Community and Health Concern’s Liz Davies, who is now heading the spending priorities consultation.
She said: “This consultation is helping to shape the council’s spending policy and is not a decision-making one.
The problem with the last one was it was seen as decisionmaking and I said the result was not statistically valid enough to then make something happen.
She said the council would take the consultation to the public, including in sixth form centres, adding: “If we want a better result we have got to raise public awareness, say to people ‘this is your choice’. We really want people to help us.”
Questionairres will be available across Wyre Forest in libraries, hubs and council buildings.
“We are asking people ‘how would you prioritise council spending?’,” Mrs Davies added. “It is a crucial part of the process. We are not asking people to make the decisions but inform us of their views – we really want this to work and be valid.”
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