The public would pay higher taxes to protect public services, survey finds

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24th March 2015 14:34 - Local Government

A recent survey by Locality has found that 2 in 3 people would pay a higher rate of council tax if it meant public services would be developed The public would pay higher taxes to protect public services, survey findsand improved.

As it stands, approximately 1 in 3 people feel that their local public services do not currently meet their needs.

The survey also found that 78 per cent of people are not in favour of private companies running public services.

Instead, the majority of the respondents believe that local authorities or voluntary groups would be better off delivering public services, as opposed to private companies.

71 per cent of people said that they would support local councils and communities that play an important part in commissioning and delivering local services.

The findings also showed that 57 per cent of people have encountered issues whilst using public services and 25 per cent have had to consult several different people with regards to the same problem.

CEO of Locality, Tony Armstrong, said of the findings: ‘People are fed up of their taxes being pocketed by massive national companies who give them a tawdry deal. They don’t want one-size-fits-all services provided by large organisations who work across huge swathes of the country.

‘They want community-focused services designed and delivered at a local level by people who know them and can give them what they need. It’s time the government put communities at the heart of public service commissioning and delivery.’

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