The Barnet Challenge: Call for Evidence

This consultation has now closed.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation, without whose valuable input the consultation would not have been possible. To read the Call for Evidence Executive Summary please click here.

Overview

The council continues to face the challenge of coping with declining funding from Central Government while the demand for our services grows, particularly for adult and children’s services.

You can view the financial challenge facing the council in this short animation:

To help inform the council’s future long term spending plans the council commissioned the Office for Public Management (OPM), an independent research organisation,

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation, without whose valuable input the consultation would not have been possible. To read the Call for Evidence Executive Summary please click here.

Overview

The council continues to face the challenge of coping with declining funding from Central Government while the demand for our services grows, particularly for adult and children’s services.

You can view the financial challenge facing the council in this short animation:

To help inform the council’s future long term spending plans the council commissioned the Office for Public Management (OPM), an independent research organisation, to run a series of resident workshops, service user and businesses focus groups last autumn. We have particularly asked those who most rely on council services how they think the council needs to change.

The findings provide a rich evidence base of residents’ priorities, what residents value most, their ideas for generating income, and how local people can work together. As a result the council has been able to identify broad themes based on residents' views and involvement which will be used to help focus the council's future long term spending plans.

Residents said that they could see a case for communities, businesses and individuals playing a bigger part in keeping Barnet ‘Barnet’, and taking more responsibility for meeting the challenges.

From March to April 2014 the council then commissioned OPM to launch a Call for Evidence, encouraging businesses, community organisations and residents to give their views and submit their ideas on what they can do to help with the challenges facing the council and the borough over the rest of the decade.

As well as the financial challenge facing the council, with the council’s spending power in 2020 being almost half of what the council's budget was in 2010, the Call for Evidence highlighted a series of policy challenges across council services.

Services covered were: adults social care, supporting older people, housing, promoting our economy, public health, waste and green spaces, developing schools and supporting young people.

Submit Your Ideas

Please take the time to visit the OPM Call for Evidence website to submit your views and ideas on what your organisation, community group or as an individual can do to help with the challenges facing the council and the borough over the rest of the decade.

Please note in order to comply with local authority purdah (pre-election) regulations, the Call for Evidence consultation was suspended from 14 April until the local government elections on 22 May. The consultation reopened on 23 May 2014.

This consultation has now closed.
  • We Asked, You Said, We Did

    9 months ago

    We would like to thank all those who took the time to submit their ideas. You can read the full findings in the OPM Call for Evidence Report.

    Delivery Units have reviewed the findings and considered the implications for their service areas. They are also looking at how they can act on what was said, and utilise any resource that has been offered in terms of organisations and individuals supporting the council in providing services.

    The findings from the first phase of resident and service user research has provided a rich evidence base of residents’ priorities, what residents value...

    We would like to thank all those who took the time to submit their ideas. You can read the full findings in the OPM Call for Evidence Report.

    Delivery Units have reviewed the findings and considered the implications for their service areas. They are also looking at how they can act on what was said, and utilise any resource that has been offered in terms of organisations and individuals supporting the council in providing services.

    The findings from the first phase of resident and service user research has provided a rich evidence base of residents’ priorities, what residents value most, their ideas for generating income, and how local people can work together. As a result the council has been able to identify broad themes based on residents' views and involvement which has been used to help focus the council's future long term spending plans. The research will help inform the council’s overarching strategic priorities and commissioning plans to the end of the decade.