One week left to have your say on proposals for local services in your neighbourhood

There is just one week left for people to have their say on Bristol City Council’s ‘Your Neighbourhood’ and ‘Supporting People’ consultations and contribute ideas for the future running of some local services.
The set of six consultations put forward options that relate to proposals for several council services. The closing date for people to give their views and complete the surveys is Tuesday 5 September.
The consultations propose options for services to be delivered differently and more efficiently thereby helping the council address the huge financial challenge it faces and reduce dependency on council-funded services. The Your Neighbourhood consultations include proposals for:

Bristol Community Links
Public Toilet provision
School Crossing Patrols
Withdrawal of funding for Neighbourhood Partnerships

The Supporting People consultation is a separate set of proposals to rethink the way the council provides services such as:

supported accommodation for people with mental health issues or a learning difficulty,
sheltered housing
advice services and
‘floating support’ that supports people in their own homes

Speaking about the Your Neighbourhood consultations, Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Finance, Governance and Performance, said: “Feedback from local people on these proposals is hugely important and we urge people to have their say before the deadline.  The effects of austerity and continual reductions in our funding from central government mean we cannot fund everything in the same way.  We have to take some tough choices but before any decisions are made we need to properly understand what people feel about the proposals to help us consider what we do next and how we can minimise any potential effect on communities.”
To date around 2984 people have taken part in the ‘Your Neighbourhood’ (2,440) and ‘Supporting People’ (544) consultations online and on paper.
Councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Adults Social Care, said about the Supporting People consultation: “There are no easy decisions when faced with severe budget reductions like these and any proposals about the future of these services can only be done with input by the people who know them best – the service users and the organisations that support them.
"It’s important we make those decisions together and ensure that we make the best use of our resources, to have the greatest impact on the lives of those most in need.
“I really urge residents to use the last few days of the consultation to share their views and put forward their ideas for the future of these services.”
Consultation forms (including the Supporting People consultation) are available online at and in other formats including large print, audio, British Sign Language and Braille. To request alternative formats please call the consultation team on 0117 922 2848 or email .
Paper copies are available from local libraries and the council’s Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street. People who can take part online are encouraged to do so because it is quicker and easier for them and helps save the council money in print and transcription costs.

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