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Published 19 November 2019

The Council’s early engagement on how it spends its money has shown that local residents most value education, roads, waste and services for children and young people.

More than 1,000 citizens from West Dunbartonshire participated in the survey to indicate which services were most important to them.

The outcome of the engagement, which ran from August to September, gives both Council Officers and Elected Members an indication of the service areas in which there is an opportunity for change.

Services that residents reported as having the lowest priority to them were school transport, arts and heritage, business support, funding for public transport and registration services.

In addition, residents stated that roads were their top priority for additional investment, with Community Safety and anti-social behaviour also heavily backed.

The information gathered from the engagement process is being reported to Council later this month, and will inform the options which are presented to Elected members for consideration when setting the 2020/21 Council budget.

The 1,071 residents who responded represent 1.2% of the population of West Dunbartonshire – a figure recognized as being a sufficient response level to be reliable.

Malcolm Bennie, Strategic Lead for Communications, Culture, Communities and Facilities, said: “The new public engagement process on spending priorities has provided Councillors and officers with broad information on the priorities of local residents. It is also available much earlier in the budget process than normal which will hopefully assist Elected Members with their decision-making.

“We would like to thank all those residents who took part in the survey and attended the focus groups. The response rate was positive when compared to other Scottish local authorities.”