Results of the first Place Survey were launched today providing information on people’s perceptions of their local area and the local services they receive.
The survey collects information on 18 national indicators for local government, used to measure local government performance for 152 county councils, metropolitan district councils, London boroughs and unitary authorities.
Communities Secretary John Denham said the results of the Place Survey—based on more than 500,000 people’s views and perceptions about where they live—demonstrates the importance of listening to local people and what they want for their local area.
The national headlines from the survey are:
- 80 per cent are satisfied with their local area as a place to live.
- 45 per cent were, taking everything into account, satisfied with the way their local council runs things.
- 33 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that their local council provided value for money.
- 29 per cent felt they could influence decisions in their local area.
- 27 per cent would like to be more involved in decisions affecting their community.
- In the last 12 months, 14 per cent of the population had been involved in local decision making.
Within the West Midlands things follow a similar pattern.
78% of people surveyed in the region were satisfied with their area as a place to live.
Three quarters of people in the region felt that their area was a place that people from different backgrounds could get on.
As with the national picture, less than a third agreed or strongly agreed that their local council provided value for money.
The Place Survey is a major national survey of what the public think of where they live and their local council. It is a key way of assessing public perceptions and one way that government is checking whether councils are meeting their performance targets.
The survey is available on www.communities.gov.uk.
- Key findings of Place Survey 2008 for the West Midlands
- View results as maps and charts (by English region and West Midlands local authorities) (PDF, 1.52mb)
- View results in interactive map (by West Midlands local authority)
- Dataset (by English region and West Midlands local authorities) (XLS, 51kb)