Market Research RSS Feedshttp://www.djsresearch.co.ukMarket Research RSS FeedsSat, 21 Jul 2018 14:37:26 BST 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 Survey finds local councils do not have the facilities for sufficient elderly care Survey finds local councils do not have the facilities for sufficient elderly care: According to new research findings, approximately 80 per cent of local authorities do not have sufficient care facilities to meet the needs of elderly people in their area. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-local-councils-do-not-have-the-facilities-for-sufficient-elderly-care-03417 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-local-councils-do-not-have-the-facilities-for-sufficient-elderly-care-03417 Survey finds 90 per cent of councils will take action against floods Survey finds 90 per cent of councils will take action against floods: According to the findings of the most recent Local Government Association's (LGA's) Winter Readiness Survey, 90 per cent of local highways authorities are planning flood mitigation measures this winter, and a further one in three have closed bridges or roads in the last 12 months due to flood damage. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-90-per-cent-of-councils-will-take-action-against-floods-03372 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-90-per-cent-of-councils-will-take-action-against-floods-03372 Survey finds council pension funds membership numbers are increasing Survey finds council pension funds membership numbers are increasing: New research by State Street Corporation has discovered that the Local Authority Pension Funds (LGPS) have experienced a period of continued growth of their fund membership and assets. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-council-pension-funds-membership-numbers-are-increasing-03340 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-council-pension-funds-membership-numbers-are-increasing-03340 Local councils do not sufficiently assist disabled children’s parents, survey finds Local councils do not sufficiently assist disabled children's parents, survey finds: According to the learning disability charity, Mencap, local councils should be more flexible when it comes to childcare. The charity's statement comes after it was uncovered that 4 in 5 parents of children with complex needs found accessing services over the summer holidays difficult. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Local-councils-do-not-sufficiently-assist-disabled-childrens-parents-survey-finds-03303 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Local-councils-do-not-sufficiently-assist-disabled-childrens-parents-survey-finds-03303 Survey finds most Brits believe immigration puts pressure on public services Survey finds most Brits believe immigration puts pressure on public services: A recent survey, entitled 'the British Social Attitudes survey', has revealed that the vast majority of British people believe that immigration places pressure on hospitals and schools. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-most-Brits-believe-immigration-puts-pressure-on-public-services-03249 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-most-Brits-believe-immigration-puts-pressure-on-public-services-03249 Property developers struggle to access council land, survey reveals Property developers struggle to access council land, survey reveals: A recent survey of property developers has revealed that council planning departments should be issued a time limit in which they should sign off planning permissions, in order to speed up the construction of new housing. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Property-developers-struggle-to-access-council-land-survey-reveals-03195 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Property-developers-struggle-to-access-council-land-survey-reveals-03195 Government’s Right to Buy extension costs local councils millions The housing charity, Shelter, has warned that the average local council in England will have to pay £26 million per year to fund the British Government's Right to Buy extension. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Governments-Right-to-Buy-extension-costs-local-councils-millions-03108 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Governments-Right-to-Buy-extension-costs-local-councils-millions-03108 Survey finds local councils need to start charging for services to balance books According to the findings of a recent local government survey, 90 per cent of local councils will have to start charging for services, and increase council tax, in order to balance the books. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-local-councils-need-to-start-charging-for-services-to-balance-books-02994 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-local-councils-need-to-start-charging-for-services-to-balance-books-02994 75 per cent of council websites are good for seeking local tips According to the findings of a recent local government survey, more than 75 per cent of county councils provide a very good or good service for individuals looking for information about their local tips. The survey also found that this was still the case when individuals sought an answer via mobile. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/75-per-cent-of-council-websites-are-good-for-seeking-local-tips-02935 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/75-per-cent-of-council-websites-are-good-for-seeking-local-tips-02935 Survey reveals social media could save local government money According to a recent report, entitled 'WhatsApp-ening in #LocalGov Social Media?', 71 per cent of local authorities believe that social media creates an opportunity to save money. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-social-media-could-save-local-government-money-02886 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-social-media-could-save-local-government-money-02886 Scottish public want council tax to be replaced with an alternative, survey finds According to the findings of a recent survey of Scottish people, council tax should be removed and replaced with an alternative charge, based on income, to protect less well-off Scottish people. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Scottish-public-want-council-tax-to-be-replaced-with-an-alternative-survey-finds-02763 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Scottish-public-want-council-tax-to-be-replaced-with-an-alternative-survey-finds-02763 Local government considering e-invoicing, survey finds A recent survey by iGov, an organisation which provides critical professional and IT support services to the government, has revealed that 39 per cent of local councils are considering investing in e-invoicing in the next year. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Local-government-considering-e-invoicing-survey-finds-02694 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Local-government-considering-e-invoicing-survey-finds-02694