In light of the unprecedented cuts we face, we must find ways to continue delivering, with ever diminishing financial resources, high quality services for our communities. This means reviewing all areas of the council and quickly implementing changes to how our services operate; looking for new and innovative way of doing things as well as working more closely with partners.
Given the magnitude of the task we face it’s vital that we enter into a frank and open discussion with our residents so that we can fully consider their views on any changes we may make to the services we provide on their behalf.
That is why I launched The Big Conversation with our residents this week. It will be the largest and most comprehensive programme of consultation that we have ever undertaken and through which we will ask residents and service users for their views and opinions about the services they use and how they can be delivered in the future.
The council website will be used as the hub for the consultations so people can see and appreciate the scale of changes that we have to make. Much of the consultation will be online and residents can pop in to use facilities in libraries if they don’t have access to the Internet at home. We will also be providing a dedicated call centre telephone number so people can ring and let us know their views. In some circumstances those taking part will also be able to write in.
People across our communities will have different priorities and views on where savings should be made. While we can’t guarantee that everyone will agree with what we eventually propose, we can at least ensure that everyone has had an opportunity to air their views and that we have listened and taken what they say into account.
To join the Big Conversation go to http://www.tameside.gov.uk/tbc