Market Research RSS Feedshttp://www.djsresearch.co.ukMarket Research RSS FeedsSat, 16 Oct 2021 05:59:41 BST 8 in 10 local authorities report they are engaged in provision of housing, survey finds 8 in 10 local authorities report they are engaged in provision of housing, survey finds: A survey has revealed that 80% of local authorities have self-reported that they are 'directly engaged' in the provision of housing, which is up significantly from the 69% of authorities reporting the same in 2019. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/8-in-10-local-authorities-report-they-are-engaged-in-provision-of-housing-survey-finds-04960 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/8-in-10-local-authorities-report-they-are-engaged-in-provision-of-housing-survey-finds-04960 Over a third of English councils support plans that could increase carbon emissions, reveals survey Over a third of English councils support plans that could increase carbon emissions: A recent survey by the BBC has revealed that around a third of English councils (33%) have supported plans that could potentially increase carbon emissions; including upgrading airports, building new roads and constructing underground tunnels. Despite many councils advocating plans that could increase the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, nearly nine in 10 have declared a 'climate emergency'. Many of the most rural counties, however, believe there is there is no such a climate emergency; which may help to explain a more relaxed approach by certain councils. Many people believe the government's plans to cut all greenhouse gases to almost zero, does not align with local council's plans to develop. When asked why the progression to net-zero emissions has been slow, two thirds of English councils stated the pandemic was a main reason. Furthermore, the Isle of Wight council has expressed their concern that the pandemic might delay their aim of being net-zero in 2030 by 10 years. Another reason given for the slow progress towards net-zero emissions is the under-funding from the government. The National Audit Office has recently found that the government set aside £1.2billion to be put towards tackling the climate change issue; however, the competitive nature of these grants makes long term planning more difficult. Helen Hayden, councillor for infrastructure and climate for Leeds city council, said: 'It would seem like an inconsistency. So, we do have to keep it in context and not let it distract us from doing all those things that will actually tackle the bigger issues that are in our city.' http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Over-a-third-of-English-councils-support-plans-that-could-increase-carbon-emissions-reveals-survey-04932 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Over-a-third-of-English-councils-support-plans-that-could-increase-carbon-emissions-reveals-survey-04932 Half of local government representatives polled believe Covid-19 pandemic will have a positive impact on climate change Half of local government representatives polled believe Covid-19 pandemic will have a positive impact on climate change: A survey of local government figures has found that half believe that the coronavirus pandemic will have a positive impact on their organisation's ability to tackle climate change. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Half-of-local-government-representatives-polled-believe-Covid-19-pandemic-will-have-a-positive-impact-on-climate-change-04870 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Half-of-local-government-representatives-polled-believe-Covid-19-pandemic-will-have-a-positive-impact-on-climate-change-04870 Three in 10 councils in south east England are not ruling out a section 114 notice over coming year, finds poll Three in 10 councils in south east England are not ruling out a section 114 notice over coming year: A survey of local councils in the South East has found that 30% are not ruling out a section 114 notice in the next 12 months - which means, in brief, an admission that a balanced budget is not possible. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Three-in-10-councils-in-south-east-England-are-not-ruling-out-a-section-114-notice-over-coming-year-finds-poll-04862 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Three-in-10-councils-in-south-east-England-are-not-ruling-out-a-section-114-notice-over-coming-year-finds-poll-04862 Reducing contamination of recyclable waste is main focus of local authorities communicating with residents, reveals survey Reducing contamination of recyclable waste is main focus of local authorities communicating with residents: A survey of local authorities looking at the opportunities and challenges of waste management has found that the main focus for the majority (57%) has been around communicating to residents about reducing contamination when they recycle. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Reducing-contamination-of-recyclable-waste-is-main-focus-of-local-authorities-communicating-with-residents-reveals-survey-04837 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Reducing-contamination-of-recyclable-waste-is-main-focus-of-local-authorities-communicating-with-residents-reveals-survey-04837 Public trusts local councils more than Government when it comes to Covid-19, reveals poll Public trusts local councils more than Government when it comes to Covid-19: A survey of the British public has found that when it comes to issues around Covid-19, they have more trust in their local council than they do the national Government. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Public-trusts-local-councils-more-than-Government-when-it-comes-to-Covid-19-reveals-poll-04769 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Public-trusts-local-councils-more-than-Government-when-it-comes-to-Covid-19-reveals-poll-04769 79% of recycling services in England now operating without disruption, according to survey 79% of recycling services in England now operating without disruption: A recent survey of councils throughout England has found that recycling services have greatly improved, with 79% reporting less disruption due to Covid-19. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/79percent-of-recycling-services-in-England-now-operating-without-disruption-according-to-survey-04658 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/79percent-of-recycling-services-in-England-now-operating-without-disruption-according-to-survey-04658 Many councils not certain that schools can reopen on 1 June, according to survey Many councils not certain that schools can reopen on 1 June: Although the Government has announced plans for a phased reopening of schools on 1 June, a BBC Breakfast poll of individual councils has cast doubt on whether this will happen in many areas. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Many-councils-not-certain-that-schools-can-reopen-on-1-June-according-to-survey-04641 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Many-councils-not-certain-that-schools-can-reopen-on-1-June-according-to-survey-04641 81% of councils have a seen rise in residual waste due to coronavirus pandemic 81% of councils have seen a rise in residual waste due to coronavirus pandemic: A survey has revealed insight into the impact that COVID-19 is having on local waste departments in the UK, with 81% of local councils reporting seeing rises in residual waste. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/81percent-of-councils-have-a-seen-rise-in-residual-waste-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-04596 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/81percent-of-councils-have-a-seen-rise-in-residual-waste-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-04596 4 in 10 UK adults distrust local recycling services, according to poll 4 in 10 UK adults distrust local recycling services: A survey has revealed a distrust of local authorities when it comes to recycling, with 42% believing that most of their recycling is 'thrown in' with the general waste by their local council. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/4-in-10-UK-adults-distrust-local-recycling-services-according-to-poll-04443 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/4-in-10-UK-adults-distrust-local-recycling-services-according-to-poll-04443 Survey reveals most local authorities planning council tax rises in 2019-20 Survey reveals most local authorities planning council tax rises in 2019-20: Council tax rises are planned for 97 per cent of local authorities in England in the coming year, according to recent research - but over half (53 per cent) of the council leaders polled say they will still not have enough funds to cover costs and expect to rely on their reserves. Four in ten councils will be dipping into reserves for the second year running. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-most-local-authorities-planning-council-tax-rises-in-2019-20-04309 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-most-local-authorities-planning-council-tax-rises-in-2019-20-04309 Half of road users have experienced damage to their vehicle or personal injury caused by potholes, survey finds Half of road users have experienced damage to their vehicle or personal injury caused by potholes: The state of the British roads has been called into question by road users in a survey by IAM RoadSmart, which revealed over half had experienced personal injury or damage to their vehicles as a result of potholes in the road. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Half-of-road-users-have-experienced-damage-to-their-vehicle-or-personal-injury-caused-by-potholes-survey-finds-04232 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Half-of-road-users-have-experienced-damage-to-their-vehicle-or-personal-injury-caused-by-potholes-survey-finds-04232 National taxation is needed to fix adult social care, says nine out of ten councils National taxation is needed to fix adult social care says nine out of ten councils: In a poll of Local Government Association (LGA) leaders and adult social members across 152 councils providing social care, 89% were in favour of national taxation. This, they said was 'part of the solution' to ensuring adult social care was financially stable in the future. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/National-taxation-is-needed-to-fix-adult-social-care-says-nine-out-of-ten-councils-04192 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/National-taxation-is-needed-to-fix-adult-social-care-says-nine-out-of-ten-councils-04192 Only 10 percent of UK local councils score 4-star rating for their websites, survey reveals Only 10% of UK local councils score 4-star rating for their websites: The websites of UK councils have been put to the test by a team of reviewers and only 42 out of 414 local authorities were awarded 4-star status by testers. The annual SOCITM Better Connected survey reviews local government websites for their usability (how easily users can find information and navigate around the site), as well as how accessible they are for disabled users. In the 2017-18 survey (conducted by Better Connected professional reviewers), 10% of councils were awarded a four-star ('very good') rating -- up from 9% last year. This compares to 46% given a 3-star 'good' rating, the same as 16/17. There were fewer 2-star ratings (31%) in 17/18 than the previous year (35%), however, the survey revealed one-star ratings were up - from 11% in 16/17 to 13% in 17/18. Key findings These latest survey findings show that in 17/18, more councils (94%) offer a responsive or mobile site ' so can be used effectively by local people using a smartphone. This is up from 89% in 16/17 and up from 57% in 2015. When it came to testing accessibility for disabled users 62% of websites passed the BetterConnected test - which includes all sites given a 4-star rating. Performance testing of websites Websites were also tested for how well they performed when users were trying to carry out particular 'tasks' such as reporting a broken streetlight, finding out about their local bin collection or local development plans. They were also tested on how easy the site is to navigate, on search and A-Z facilities. and how accessible it is for people with disabilities. Seventy per cent of websites were awarded 3 or 4 star status for how easily they could find out about roadworks, while just over half (53%) had a good or very good rating for being able to find out about childcare. When it came to accessing information about parking, only 32% were given a 3-4 star rating, and when it came to being able to sign up for e-resources via the council website, only 39% were 3 or 4 star. The number of UK local authority websites achieving 3-4 star rating for service area tasks: Service area http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Only-10-percent-of-UK-local-councils-score-4-star-rating-for-their-websites-survey-reveals-04190 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Only-10-percent-of-UK-local-councils-score-4-star-rating-for-their-websites-survey-reveals-04190 Unison survey reveals more than half of local government staff want to leave Unison Survey reveals more than half of local government staff want to leave: A recent survey into the experiences of local government workers found 50% are considering quitting their roles in favour of finding less stressful work. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Unison-survey-reveals-more-than-half-of-local-government-staff-want-to-leave-04189 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Unison-survey-reveals-more-than-half-of-local-government-staff-want-to-leave-04189 Councils fear being unable to deliver balanced budgets in 2019-20, survey reveals Councils fear being unable to deliver balanced budgets in 2019/20: Almost twenty per cent of council leaders polled in a County Councils Network (CCN) survey said they are 'not confident' in being able to deliver balanced budgets in coming years, without additional funding from the Government. The CCN survey revealed that almost one in five council leaders polled (17%) said that although they are confident in delivering balanced books this year, they do not have the same confidence when it comes to next year's outlook. This is despite a legal obligation to do so. A further 19% could not say whether or not they could deliver a balanced budget in 2019/20, remaining 'neutral' on the matter. Looking further into the future, confidence among council leaders drops even further, with 66% polled 'not confident' they will be in a position to deliver balanced budgets in 2020/21, without additional funding. That means that just one third have confidence they can make it work if things stay unchanged. This comes as a separate budget survey, carried out by the Society of County Treasurers, reveals over the next couple of years 37 councils are facing funding pressures of £3.2 billion. In order to deliver balanced budgets, county councils are appealing to the Government for more funding in the shorter term, saying they cannot afford to wait for the Spending Review. 'A long-term funding shake-up is long overdue ' and a short-term cash injection is required so councils can keep their heads above water,' said CCN finance spokesman, Cllr Nick Rushton. Rushton, who is also the leader of Leicestershire County Council, said that without additional capital, 'the consequences could be dire'. 'The government is aware that some councils are already teetering on the edge. And the stark reality is they cannot wait for the comprehensive Spending Review.' http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Councils-fear-being-unable-to-deliver-balanced-budgets-in-2019-20-survey-reveals-04191 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Councils-fear-being-unable-to-deliver-balanced-budgets-in-2019-20-survey-reveals-04191 Survey reveals Londoners lack knowledge of the London Assembly http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-Londoners-lack-knowledge-of-the-London-Assembly-03923 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-Londoners-lack-knowledge-of-the-London-Assembly-03923 Majority of councils to increase council tax this April, survey finds Majority of councils to increase council tax this April, survey finds: A recent survey has revealed that 90 per cent of local councils in England are planning to increase council tax in April, with some bills set to rise by as much as 5 per cent. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Majority-of-councils-to-increase-council-tax-this-April-survey-finds-03615 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Majority-of-councils-to-increase-council-tax-this-April-survey-finds-03615 Councils uncertain whether their area can cope with 30 hours free childcare Councils uncertain whether their area can cope with 30 hours free childcare: A recent local government survey has revealed that more than 50 per cent of local councils in England are not confident that their area would have the resource to cope with a rise in free childcare for working families. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Councils-uncertain-whether-their-area-can-cope-with-30-hours-free-childcare-03561 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Councils-uncertain-whether-their-area-can-cope-with-30-hours-free-childcare-03561 Increase in council tax will not affect the social care crisis, survey suggests Increase in council tax will not affect the social care crisis, survey suggests: According to a recent local government survey by ITV News, more than 90 per cent of local councils in England have said that being granted permission to increase council tax has made little or no difference to their ability to provide adequate social care. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Increase-in-council-tax-will-not-affect-the-social-care-crisis-survey-suggests-03477 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Increase-in-council-tax-will-not-affect-the-social-care-crisis-survey-suggests-03477