Dorset County Council to canvas public opinion over £48m savings plan

CONSULTATION: County Hall in Dorchester

ENGAGE: Trevor Jones

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

DORSET County Council is vowing to listen to local residents as it embarks on a major public engagement exercise over the summer.

The authority will be holding a series of roadshows across the county and embarking on a social media campaign as it seeks to canvas public opinion as part of its Forward Together savings programme.

The council is hoping to trim £48million from its budget over the next three years and wants to look at different ways of delivering its services.

As part of that it wants to engage with the public to see what services are important to them and understand the needs of local communities.

The council’s group manager for consultation and research Helen Owens outlined the plans to a meeting of the authority’s audit and scrutiny committee.

She said: “This is about us as an organisation showing we are doing things really differently.

“We are going out there and we want to listen to people and we want to hear what they have to say.”

The council will use various forms of engagement to capture the views of as wide a section of the community as possible.

As well as roadshows in high streets and shopping streets where people can come and talk to councillors and officers, the authority will be speaking with stakeholder groups such as businesses and other authorities as well as utilising digital and social media to engage with a younger audience.

Members of the public will be able to give their views on issues such as which services they most value and whether they would be prepared to accept a rise in council tax to protect certain services.

Senior policy and performance manager Sam Fox-Adams told councillors that the roadshows would involved around 40 sessions at about 20 different locations over the summer.

Once the feedback is collated the council will use the information to shape future priorities.

Mr Fox-Adams added that he hoped it was just the start of a continuous process.

The plans for the public engagement exercise were welcomed by councillors.

Cllr Mike Byatt said: “I think as a way forward it’s a really good idea.”

Committee chairman Trevor Jones added: “This is about a local authority doing its best to engage with people.”

He added: “It’s a well meant exercise.

“I commend the team that is trying to put it together.”

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8:40am Fri 11 Apr 14

cosmick says...

So they want us to decide which to cut off your hand or your foot. Because of goverment cuts.
So they want us to decide which to cut off your hand or your foot. Because of goverment cuts. cosmick
  • Score: 2

9:15am Fri 11 Apr 14

westbaywonder says...

Forward Together,more like forward for ourselves.

Dont fall for this farce citizens,total sham,all they care about is themselves,and dont forget its your money once again being used for this roadshow rubbish.

If they listened to people as they should do in the first place there would be no need to waste yet more of your money on this sham!
Forward Together,more like forward for ourselves. Dont fall for this farce citizens,total sham,all they care about is themselves,and dont forget its your money once again being used for this roadshow rubbish. If they listened to people as they should do in the first place there would be no need to waste yet more of your money on this sham! westbaywonder
  • Score: 5

10:26am Fri 11 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

westbaywonder wrote:
Forward Together,more like forward for ourselves.

Dont fall for this farce citizens,total sham,all they care about is themselves,and dont forget its your money once again being used for this roadshow rubbish.

If they listened to people as they should do in the first place there would be no need to waste yet more of your money on this sham!
Couldn't agree more, a council full of liars, criminals and cover ups. I know believe me. They have no intention of listening to anyone or doing anything that will curtail or stall the socio-politcal agendas behind many of the wastes of money.
[quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: Forward Together,more like forward for ourselves. Dont fall for this farce citizens,total sham,all they care about is themselves,and dont forget its your money once again being used for this roadshow rubbish. If they listened to people as they should do in the first place there would be no need to waste yet more of your money on this sham![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more, a council full of liars, criminals and cover ups. I know believe me. They have no intention of listening to anyone or doing anything that will curtail or stall the socio-politcal agendas behind many of the wastes of money. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 7

11:21am Fri 11 Apr 14

Captain Truth says...

Sigurd Hoeberth wrote:
westbaywonder wrote:
Forward Together,more like forward for ourselves.

Dont fall for this farce citizens,total sham,all they care about is themselves,and dont forget its your money once again being used for this roadshow rubbish.

If they listened to people as they should do in the first place there would be no need to waste yet more of your money on this sham!
Couldn't agree more, a council full of liars, criminals and cover ups. I know believe me. They have no intention of listening to anyone or doing anything that will curtail or stall the socio-politcal agendas behind many of the wastes of money.
I notice how you are all very quick to insult the Council. Rather than offering deluded critisism, why don;t you offer some alternate ideas of how best to save money. You seem to think you know best, so please do enlighten us with your ideas of how they can do a better job! How do you propose they save 48m? I think its actually a good thing they are engaging local communities, its a perfect chance for you to offer forward your excellent money saving ideas, that no doubt you will post on here for us all to see, right?
[quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoeberth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: Forward Together,more like forward for ourselves. Dont fall for this farce citizens,total sham,all they care about is themselves,and dont forget its your money once again being used for this roadshow rubbish. If they listened to people as they should do in the first place there would be no need to waste yet more of your money on this sham![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more, a council full of liars, criminals and cover ups. I know believe me. They have no intention of listening to anyone or doing anything that will curtail or stall the socio-politcal agendas behind many of the wastes of money.[/p][/quote]I notice how you are all very quick to insult the Council. Rather than offering deluded critisism, why don;t you offer some alternate ideas of how best to save money. You seem to think you know best, so please do enlighten us with your ideas of how they can do a better job! How do you propose they save 48m? I think its actually a good thing they are engaging local communities, its a perfect chance for you to offer forward your excellent money saving ideas, that no doubt you will post on here for us all to see, right? Captain Truth
  • Score: -2

12:45pm Fri 11 Apr 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

The first saving could be not holding farcical meeting, the results of which they ignore anyway!
The next saving could be not to employ expensive consultants to do things which existing council staff should be capable of doing anyway.
Staff contracts should be written that do not involve huge severance payments when staff are incompetent and are made to leave.
No more employing buddies at exorbitant salaries who have previously worked at another council and have left with a huge pension - suddenly to be available to work again!
The first saving could be not holding farcical meeting, the results of which they ignore anyway! The next saving could be not to employ expensive consultants to do things which existing council staff should be capable of doing anyway. Staff contracts should be written that do not involve huge severance payments when staff are incompetent and are made to leave. No more employing buddies at exorbitant salaries who have previously worked at another council and have left with a huge pension - suddenly to be available to work again! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 7

1:07pm Fri 11 Apr 14

westbaywonder says...

Captain Cover -up,your comment is an insult to the citizens of Dorset!

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRUE ,With you 100% Sir ,outstanding reply!

Sigurd, As usual ,A1 top comments from you Sir, good to have some decent outspoken citizens on here telling the truth.
Thankyou both.
Captain Cover -up,your comment is an insult to the citizens of Dorset! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRUE ,With you 100% Sir ,outstanding reply! Sigurd, As usual ,A1 top comments from you Sir, good to have some decent outspoken citizens on here telling the truth. Thankyou both. westbaywonder
  • Score: 6

6:51pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

Captain Truth wrote:
Sigurd Hoeberth wrote:
westbaywonder wrote:
Forward Together,more like forward for ourselves.

Dont fall for this farce citizens,total sham,all they care about is themselves,and dont forget its your money once again being used for this roadshow rubbish.

If they listened to people as they should do in the first place there would be no need to waste yet more of your money on this sham!
Couldn't agree more, a council full of liars, criminals and cover ups. I know believe me. They have no intention of listening to anyone or doing anything that will curtail or stall the socio-politcal agendas behind many of the wastes of money.
I notice how you are all very quick to insult the Council. Rather than offering deluded critisism, why don;t you offer some alternate ideas of how best to save money. You seem to think you know best, so please do enlighten us with your ideas of how they can do a better job! How do you propose they save 48m? I think its actually a good thing they are engaging local communities, its a perfect chance for you to offer forward your excellent money saving ideas, that no doubt you will post on here for us all to see, right?
When did I say I know best? I simply said their are liars and crooks a' plenty, of that i know for fact.
[quote][p][bold]Captain Truth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoeberth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: Forward Together,more like forward for ourselves. Dont fall for this farce citizens,total sham,all they care about is themselves,and dont forget its your money once again being used for this roadshow rubbish. If they listened to people as they should do in the first place there would be no need to waste yet more of your money on this sham![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more, a council full of liars, criminals and cover ups. I know believe me. They have no intention of listening to anyone or doing anything that will curtail or stall the socio-politcal agendas behind many of the wastes of money.[/p][/quote]I notice how you are all very quick to insult the Council. Rather than offering deluded critisism, why don;t you offer some alternate ideas of how best to save money. You seem to think you know best, so please do enlighten us with your ideas of how they can do a better job! How do you propose they save 48m? I think its actually a good thing they are engaging local communities, its a perfect chance for you to offer forward your excellent money saving ideas, that no doubt you will post on here for us all to see, right?[/p][/quote]When did I say I know best? I simply said their are liars and crooks a' plenty, of that i know for fact. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 6

6:54pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

westbaywonder wrote:
Captain Cover -up,your comment is an insult to the citizens of Dorset!

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRUE ,With you 100% Sir ,outstanding reply!

Sigurd, As usual ,A1 top comments from you Sir, good to have some decent outspoken citizens on here telling the truth.
Thankyou both.
Cheers :-)
[quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: Captain Cover -up,your comment is an insult to the citizens of Dorset! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRUE ,With you 100% Sir ,outstanding reply! Sigurd, As usual ,A1 top comments from you Sir, good to have some decent outspoken citizens on here telling the truth. Thankyou both.[/p][/quote]Cheers :-) Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 4

7:15pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Dorset Guy1 says...

Most readers will not even be able to list the services provided by the County Council So some constructive suggestions as to where to make the cuts
Choose from Roads (excluding A31 & A35) Footpaths, Services for Young and Older People Social Services and others
Most readers will not even be able to list the services provided by the County Council So some constructive suggestions as to where to make the cuts Choose from Roads (excluding A31 & A35) Footpaths, Services for Young and Older People Social Services and others Dorset Guy1
  • Score: 0

7:51pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

Dorset Guy1 wrote:
Most readers will not even be able to list the services provided by the County Council So some constructive suggestions as to where to make the cuts
Choose from Roads (excluding A31 & A35) Footpaths, Services for Young and Older People Social Services and others
The hardest bit is cracking open the books to the penny, you would have to dig long and deep to get through the tangled web of money-travel in our council.

I would love to have a rummage in the books. Anything relating to diversity and equality would be straight out of the window, we have laws in place and people are adults, no need for anything beyond that.. Also many kinds of the "promotion" and "awareness" agenda, local government is not here to "educate" or "indoctrinate" anybody, they are here to serve the essential services, that's should be all.

You remember that God awful, "Happy -clappy, communitarian pile of "group think" they made called "The Promise"?

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=lzcniKHe
L9U

Yeah, THAT one....it was like witnessing a, "nice" version of a North Korean detention camp orientation video. I wasn't sure whether to expect Dr Kellog and the Stepford wives to march on, or Kim Jong and 50 meat pies?

The point is, people who are like that, are still in great number in our councils and until you get rid of those "agents of Newspeak", nothing will be right again. They have damaged this country to its core.

Then we can get on with a time and motion study, seeing who is really necessary and who represents best value at all levels, to include gender comparison studies for efficiency's and value. ...wait for it.....
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Guy1[/bold] wrote: Most readers will not even be able to list the services provided by the County Council So some constructive suggestions as to where to make the cuts Choose from Roads (excluding A31 & A35) Footpaths, Services for Young and Older People Social Services and others[/p][/quote]The hardest bit is cracking open the books to the penny, you would have to dig long and deep to get through the tangled web of money-travel in our council. I would love to have a rummage in the books. Anything relating to diversity and equality would be straight out of the window, we have laws in place and people are adults, no need for anything beyond that.. Also many kinds of the "promotion" and "awareness" agenda, local government is not here to "educate" or "indoctrinate" anybody, they are here to serve the essential services, that's should be all. You remember that God awful, "Happy -clappy, communitarian pile of "group think" they made called "The Promise"? https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=lzcniKHe L9U Yeah, THAT one....it was like witnessing a, "nice" version of a North Korean detention camp orientation video. I wasn't sure whether to expect Dr Kellog and the Stepford wives to march on, or Kim Jong and 50 meat pies? The point is, people who are like that, are still in great number in our councils and until you get rid of those "agents of Newspeak", nothing will be right again. They have damaged this country to its core. Then we can get on with a time and motion study, seeing who is really necessary and who represents best value at all levels, to include gender comparison studies for efficiency's and value. ...wait for it..... Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 10

12:31pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
The first saving could be not holding farcical meeting, the results of which they ignore anyway!
The next saving could be not to employ expensive consultants to do things which existing council staff should be capable of doing anyway.
Staff contracts should be written that do not involve huge severance payments when staff are incompetent and are made to leave.
No more employing buddies at exorbitant salaries who have previously worked at another council and have left with a huge pension - suddenly to be available to work again!
" No more employing buddies at exorbitant salaries who have previously worked at another council and have left with a huge pension - suddenly to be available to work again!"

Yes funny how some of them turn up in places like "independent council complaints investigations".

Looking after their buddies later eh ;-)
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: The first saving could be not holding farcical meeting, the results of which they ignore anyway! The next saving could be not to employ expensive consultants to do things which existing council staff should be capable of doing anyway. Staff contracts should be written that do not involve huge severance payments when staff are incompetent and are made to leave. No more employing buddies at exorbitant salaries who have previously worked at another council and have left with a huge pension - suddenly to be available to work again![/p][/quote]" No more employing buddies at exorbitant salaries who have previously worked at another council and have left with a huge pension - suddenly to be available to work again!" Yes funny how some of them turn up in places like "independent council complaints investigations". Looking after their buddies later eh ;-) Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 5

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