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Stroud District Council bucks the national trend for satisfaction

Published: Thursday, 21 December, 2017

Residents and businesses showed their continued support of Stroud as a place to live and work in marked contrast to the national trend.

Stroud District Council’s annual survey shows that residents’ satisfaction with the council is 79% - just 1% down on last year’s highest-ever figure. Business satisfaction remains the same as last year’s all time high of 70%. The figures are in contrast to national figures for satisfaction with local government which are in decline.

The survey asked participants a range of questions and priorities, including their preferred way to contact the council, views on the canal restoration and for businesses, how the council could help facilitate growth in the local economy.

Of the five hundred residents, and 200 businesses which were randomly selected by an independent research company:

  • 95% of residents were satisfied with their local area as a place to live
  • 79% of residents were satisfied with the way SDC runs things
  • 76% were satisfied that SDC is working to improve the environment
  • 72% agreed that they get value for money from SDC
  • 94% of businesses were satisfied with the local areas as a place to do business
  • 85% of businesses were satisfied that SDC is working to improve the environment
  • 70% of businesses were satisfied with the way SDC runs things

"I am delighted that so many residents and businesses across Stroud District continue to be satisfied with the Council’s services,” said David Hagg, the council’s Chief Executive. “This is in stark contrast to national surveys showing a marked decline in satisfaction with councils. It’s great to know that our work is so appreciated. We face many challenges in the coming year but we continue to do our best for all our communities."  

The survey can be found on the council’s website www.stroud.gov.uk/consult

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