Residents & Businesses - Have your say on Council Services29th July 2014
Council urges residents and stakeholders to have their say on services.
Southampton City Council has begun public consultation on a range of proposals which could lead to changes in the way that it delivers some services, while helping to improve outcomes for residents and maximise reducing resources.
The council is inviting residents and stakeholders to read the proposals, provide their feedback on them and inform the council of any potential impact the proposals may have which has not already been considered in its impact assessments.
The proposals include options for designing and delivering the adult social care services so that they better meets the care needs of residents who want more choice, independence and an enhanced quality of life. Consultation on these options will run for 90 days until 23 October 2014 during which time the council will also consult and engage directly with staff, service users, carers and other stakeholders.
Residents and stakeholders are also invited to comment on other proposals covering areas including dog kennels, bereavement services, registration services, pest control and potential changes to the way that the Arts and Heritage Education team is funded. Consultation on these proposals will end earlier on 22 August 2014.
The council will not make decisions about whether to implement any of the proposals until all of the feedback that is received through the public consultation has been taken into account and other relevant information has been evaluated.
Councillor Stephen Barnes-Andrews, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources and Leisure said: “I am encouraging our residents and stakeholders to tell us what they think about our proposals as they might lead to changes in the way we deliver some services. It is business as usual in all of the areas that we are consulting on and no decisions will be made until the feedback and other relevant information has been evaluated. Doing nothing is not an option to us and we are therefore exploring the options for maximising our reducing resources and using new technology to offer services which will improve outcomes for our residents.”
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You can find out more about the Adult Social Care Services consultation including information sheets, FAQs and impact assessments relating to the proposals here: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/living/adult-care/consultation.aspx
You can find information relating to the other proposals including information sheets and impact assessments here: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/council-partners/Council%20Services.aspx