Consultations & Campaigns

West of England Strategy Discussion Paper – Public engagement

Economic growth that benefits every resident is at the core of the West of England strategy discussion paper. Our vision is for all residents to benefit from more job opportunities, a stronger economy and higher quality of life.

The West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership are joint authors of this strategy discussion paper, developed in partnership with constituent councils, business, the universities and others.

The aim is that we develop a strategy that will be owned by everyone, allowing us to present a joined-up voice to government and promote the region nationally and internationally.

The West of England Combined Authority covers Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire and supports the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Joint Committee, which includes North Somerset.

The strategy discussion paper sets out high-level plans for delivering economic growth for all, under three pillars:

  • Businesses that succeed
  • World class skills for employment
  • Infrastructure fit for the future

The West of England strategy discussion paper has details about the proposed vision and strategy.

We want businesses, organisations and others to engage with this strategy and give us their views on how we can improve it to ensure we can drive economic growth and improve the quality of life for all.

Give us your views

This survey is open for nine weeks, and ends on 27 September 2017.

If you would like to meet with us 121 to discuss the strategy paper, we will be holding four drop-in sessions. Please call 0117 370 1957 or email Melissa.Houston@WestOfEngland-CA.gov.uk to book a 30 minute slot at the following locations:

  • Council Offices, Civic Centre, Kingswood

Monday 11 September, 9:30-12:30

  • The Hive Business Centre, Weston-super-Mare

Tuesday 12 September, 9:30-12:30

  • Engine Shed, Bristol

Wednesday 13 September, 9:30-12:30

  • Filwood Green Business Park, Bristol

Monday 18 September, 10-12

  • The Guildhall, Bath

Monday 25 September, 10-12

If you have a disability or particular access needs, you can request alternative formats by contacting the Consultation Team on info@westofengland-ca.org.uk or by calling 0117 970 1957.

What happens next

All responses will be analysed and your feedback, along with the views of other local groups and partners, will be taken into consideration in developing a final strategy to be published in the autumn. This will be used to inform more detailed plans and priorities for the region, including the West of England Combined Authority, Local Enterprise Partnership and Joint Committee.

Give us your views

Click here for our online survey

Reductions to Supporting People budgets

Bristol City Council are consulting on a number of different ways of reducing the budget for Supporting People services, which will achieve savings of £1.8 million a year.

Please give them your views on  proposals for changes to Supporting People services.

This survey closes on 5 September 2017.

Supporting people survey

Have your say: How can we help you with your community projects?

Bristol City Council are keen to see what can be done to encourage community-led projects which benefit everyone.

They’d like your ideas to tell us how we can make it easier for these projects to happen such as getting permission or decisions made quickly about using council land or property.

They’d like to hear your experiences and suggestions by Monday 4 September 2017.

They will use your feedback to help us understand the challenges and workout solutions.

Complete and return the questionnaire

Council Tax Reduction – scheme for 2018/19

Council Tax Reduction (CTR) is a discount scheme that is operated by all English councils to support low income households with the cost of their council tax.  Bristol is one of a small number of councils that has continued to provide the same levels of support to residents since 2013.  Changes can only be made for working age households.  Pensioners are protected from any changes by regulations.

The council has agreed to continue with its scheme for the current year (2017/18) and is reviewing the scheme for 2018/19.

It is forecast that the scheme would cost £41.8million in 2018/19 if current levels of support are maintained.  This would exceed the current budget for the scheme by £4.1million and represents an additional financial pressure.  This comes at a time when the council will already have less money to provide services in Bristol over the coming years.  Given these circumstances the council is not proposing to maintain the current scheme.

Why We Are Consulting

Councils are required to review their CTR schemes annually and consult on any proposed changes to them.

We are seeking the views of citizens, businesses, organisations and other interested parties on three potential options for the CTR scheme in 2018/19.  These views will be used to develop a final scheme over the coming months before a decision is made by full council.

Give your Views

Corporate Parenting Strategy

In 2015 Bristol City Council launched its Corporate Parenting Strategy and Children in Care and Care Leavers Pledge. The Strategy is designed for Bristol City Council and our partners; the Pledge is designed for children and young people.

Why We Are Consulting

We are reviewing the Strategy and Pledge and are now seeking feedback and input from the children and young people we care for, and our care leavers. You are invited to complete the survey below or can contact your support worker if you would like to get involved in another way.

We will be contacting foster carers, professionals and parents separately.

Give your Views

Quality of Life in Your Neighbourhood 2017

The Quality of Life survey provides an annual snapshot of what people think about living in Bristol.  The survey is open to all Bristol residents over 16 years old.

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO 13 AUGUST 2017.

Why they are Consulting

This survey gives local residents an opportunity to voice their opinions about issues close to their hearts and their views on local public services. It is an annual survey now in its sixteenth year, but does change over time.  The statistics are analysed to a ward level and also by age, gender and ethnicity etc.

The results are used by the council, health service and other public sector partners to help plan local services, track change and improve the quality of life in Bristol. The survey is the council’s main tool for providing neighbourhood level statistics and public perception information.

Corporate Strategy consultation 2017-2022

Find out about the Corporate Strategy consultation 2017-22

The consultation on the council’s draft Corporate Strategy and budget savings proposals was open for 12 weeks from 13 October 2016 until 5 January 2017.

1,259 individual responses were received via the survey and additional responses were received from organisations and individuals via email, suggestion boxes and at events.

Read the Corporate Strategy 2017-22  (pdf, 645k) (opens new window) . This was discussed at Cabinet on 30 January and Full Council on 21 February 2017.

Voice and Influence – A new model for communities of interest consultation

The Mayor and Bristol City Council are committed to hearing the voices of all our communities in Bristol to influence and shape our decision making and planning for our current and future city. We specifically want to support the participation and hear the views of individuals, communities and organisations that experience social and economic disadvantage and inequality so we can ensure that everyone benefits from the City’s success.

Why they are Consulting

Bristol City Council – through the Bristol Impact Fund has allocated £392,000 over three years to empower communities to reduce disadvantage and inequality, using influence and participation as a way to achieve this.

Together with the Mayor’s vision for the city, and the Bristol Impact Fund objective to improve inequality and disadvantage, we are asking Bristol citizens what factors the new service needs to address to ensure communities can have a voice that is heard, thereby creating a more equitable city.

Previously Voice and Influence has been provided by separate equality forums governed by specific protected characteristics. We are proposing that in the future one organisation or consortium of organisations develop a voice and influence participation model designed to bring common issues together in a shared approach across equalities groups.  We also want the new service to work with people who experience poverty and disadvantage.

This consultation has three aims:

  • Decide on the scope of the new service
  • Inform about what the new service should do
  • Determine the most effective way to provide it

Give your Views

 

Your Neighbourhood- Consultations on changes to local services