The residents' survey for 2014 has finally been released by Cornwall Council. So what was all the fuss and the secrecy about?
It shows that
is a below par authority with question marks over efficiency , trustworthiness and listening to local residents. All
areas which we should expect to be better than they clearly are. Other residents and town and parish councils will
not be surprised by any of that. Cornwall
The council says it is a baseline of where we are now and will help to measure progress in the future.
If this administration has its way it will be unrecognisable in a few years time. The benefit of any survey therefore depends on consistency of questions not only on an ongoing basis but also similar to other authorities so that proper comparisons can be made.
If the council is requesting more powers to raise taxes (without limit) shouldn’t we expect to be consulted about it? An authority that is seen as not particularly trustworthy or efficient needs to listen to the people paying the bills.
Secret meetings to manage bad news is not the way to do it.