Shaping Hampshire: Spending Review Consultation
The Shaping Hampshire - Spending Review Consultation took place between 26 May and 6 July 2015. It was conducted using two methods:
- an open consultation - available online and via a paper copy (available to any stakeholder or member of the public)
- a telephone survey - targeted at a representative sample of 1,500 residents.
The consultation aimed to seek residents’ and stakeholders’ views on three main options for the County Council in managing the shortfall in funding, and achieving anticipated savings of £98 million by April 2017. The options were:
- raising the rate of Council Tax
- using the County Council’s reserves differently
- reducing spending on specific services.
The national market research company Ipsos MORI was commissioned to undertake the consultation and analysis on behalf of the County Council to ensure independence and objectivity during the consultation.
A total of 2,774 responses were received from the consultation:
- 1,274 responses through the open consultation (1,229 from individuals and 45 from stakeholders)
- 1,500 responses through the telephone survey.
Use of findings
The findings from the consultation will be taken into account by the Cabinet and the full County Council in October in considering the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2016/17. The findings will also be taken into consideration in the future planning of the Transformation to 2017 programme.
A series of more detailed consultations relating to the service specific options in the Spending Review Consultation will be carried out, subject to the decisions made by Cabinet and the full County Council in October.
These consultations are expected to take place between autumn 2015, and spring 2016. This would allow for any further decisions regarding service changes to be made and implemented, with sufficient time to deliver the anticipated savings by April 2017.