Around 30,000 Cumbrians are being asked about life in the county, their views on public services, democracy, voluntary work, crime and disorder in a major new survey which will provide a snapshot of public opinion and satisfaction with life here.
The Place Survey is being sent to randomly selected households in all six districts over the next week and is one of the biggest surveys ever conducted in the county. It will provide vital information on areas that public organisations can improve on and ties in with a national survey being conducted in local authorities across England.
The last time a similar survey was carried out, in 2006, it was only two-thirds of the size of this year's survey and 8,000 Cumbrian households responded. This year even more people have the opportunity to give their feedback and have until October 20th to complete the survey, which is being carried out by BMG Research on behalf of the county council and six district councils with input from Cumbria Constabulary and Cumbria Primary Care Trust.
Those who receive the survey do not have to fill it in, but reminders will be sent to encourage a high response rate. A dedicated helpline has been set up by BMG Research to help those receiving the questionnaire with any questions they may have.
Cllr Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council, said:
"This is an important opportunity for the people of Cumbria to have their say about what they think of where they live and the public services they receive. Please take the time to let us know your opinions so we can make Cumbria a better place for everyone."
The results of the survey will be available early in 2009.
A sample copy of the survey can be viewed by following the link at the bottom of the page. As the survey is sent to a random sample of households, those who do not receive the survey will not be able to request a copy.
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