Residents continue to trust councils, LGA finds
Residents remain satisfied with local services and continue to trust their councils despite recent financial cuts, a poll suggests.
Findings from the Local Government Association’s (LGA) third quarterly satisfaction poll suggest community satisfaction with the performance of local authorities has remained almost constant since the first survey took place in September 2012.
In the latest poll, 70% of respondents said they were very or fairly satisfied with the way the council was running the area – a 2% reduction on results in September and January.
LGA research suggests 60% of residents trust their council.
However, the LGA has warned further cuts for town halls in the next spending round could see this figure plummet with the closure of more local facilities.
Of those questioned, 82% said they were very or fairly satisfied with their local area as a place to live, a figure which has also dropped by 2% since September and January.
The LGA found 60% of people in the survey trusted their council, a 2% fall from January yet only a 1% reduction on figures from September.
LGA chairman, Sir Merrick Cockell, said: ‘The fact that so many people continue to be satisfied with their council’s performance is testament to the innovative ways that local authorities are managing the impact of those cuts on local services.
‘But the reality is that this work can only go so far and that in many areas further funding reductions would result in councils reaching a stage where noticeable cuts to services are a certainty. That is why we are calling for the Government to use next month's spending round to put councils on a sustainable financial footing.
‘Unless the Government heeds the warnings we have set out in our spending round submission, then these figures will only head in one direction as residents start to see their children's centres, libraries and museums close down, a rise in bus fares and streetlights switched off as councils finally become unable to manage the impact of any possible new cuts.’