In a survey of over 1,500 older people carried out by Later Life Ambitions, 81% said they have noticed a significant decline in the quality of their council run services in recent years.
Councils are responsible for a huge array of services, from maintaining local roads, running schools, providing homelessness support, and adult social care. The survey clearly shows that the increasing strain on council budgets is having an impact on these crucial services.
Ahead of the local elections on Thursday 3 May, we asked our members to tell us about their council run services and the issues that matter most to them. Providing adult social care services was ranked highest, closely followed by maintaining local roads, waste collection and disposal, and then running schools.
The survey also showed that many older people feel disconnected from their local council. 66% of respondents felt that they weren’t kept up to date with the Council’s activity in their local area, while 52% said they haven’t received any written communication from a local councillor in the past year. Even less had ever spoken to a Councillor face-to-face, with only 10% saying that a councillor had ever knocked on their door to talk about local issues.
With voters heading to the polls today, these results show that there is much for councillors to grapple with in the coming months.