5 months ago
If you had £100,000 to spend on council services how would you split it?
What should the new council prioritise over the next three years?
Value for money
Cost of living crisis
Broadband and mobile coverage
Health and wellbeing
Education and childcare
Jobs and skills
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about 1 year ago
Do you agree with the proposals to introduce a 100 per cent council tax premium for second home owners?
What do you think about how the new council plans to make council tax rates the same for all of North Yorkshire across two years?
It should happen across two years
How much would you be willing to increase council tax by to help deliver critical services across North Yorkshire?
How much extra would you be willing to pay to fund the demand for adult social care services across North Yorkshire?
How much has the cost of living crisis impacted you? Rate 1 'not at all' to 5 'a lot'
Has the cost of living crisis led you to do more of the following?
Work longer hours
Has the cost of living crisis led you to do any of the following?
Spend less on leisure
Take fewer journeys
Do you have any ideas or suggestions for how the new council could do things differently to make savings or generate income?
I think that some local council services benefit some people more than others, such as mowing verges, and this seems to be cosmetic - therefore money should be used to benefit the most vulnerable - I think we are keeping hold of some things that are idealistic because it is visible and expected whilst we clearly would survive just the same otherwise
I also think that raising local taxes suggests that central government taxes do not adequately support local communities, and this is putting pressure on local services
Use less heating
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the impact of the cost of living crisis on you and your family?
We feel that we are able to support each other, although it seems that some people are losing their independence and this is likely to create ill health through stress, anxiety and depression
It should happen sooner than two years
Doing things differently:
• Ensure there is a budget for the Council’s net zero carbon actions.
• Avoiding financial savings that incur higher environmental costs, either now or in the future.
• Take account of longer term environmental/climate change costs of budgetary decisions. For Yorkshire and Humber the cost to get to net zero is predicted to be £1.4b, but the savings for doing just the cost effective action could be £2.4b (and comes with many additional benefits eg helping those in fuel poverty).
Income generation suggestions:
• Set up and invest in a North Yorkshire Energy Company, generating renewable electricity and/or heat which could be sold to local residents and businesses at a profit, but below grid rates so as to benefit the local economy.
• Set up a “climate investment fund” to source capital to retrofit and decarbonise public buildings.
• Ensure all local authority run schools are working with Solar for Schools to generate their own free electricity free of charge.
• Work with local environmental charities/organisations to source funding for “proof of concept” projects that would then attract business interest or mainstream government funding.
• Introduce road tolls on cut through routes in residential areas and use the funds to provide more active travel and public transport provision.