Ask Cardiff: Cardiff Answers
Almost 90 per cent of people who took part in the 2015 Ask Cardiff survey are satisfied with Cardiff as a place to live.
A total of 40.8 per cent of respondents to the survey were very satisfied living in the city, with 48.7 per cent saying they are fairly satisfied – an overall increase in satisfaction levels, based on 2014 results.
The findings come shortly after a European Union Quality of Life in European Cities survey revealed that Cardiff is Europe’s third best capital city to live in according to residents, moving up the rankings from the sixth spot.
And almost two thirds (65.6%) of people who responded to the annual Ask Cardiff survey, the Council’s largest and longest running engagement activity, were also satisfied with the quality of public services in the city.
More than 4,400 people took the time to complete the Ask Cardiff 2015 survey which enables citizens to share their views of the city and a wide variety of public services, answering 151 questions on a range of topics including waste management, parks and recreation, health and social care, transport and community safety.
Leader of the City of Cardiff Council, Cllr Phil Bale, said: “Cardiff is a fantastic place to live, work and visit and it’s great to have that fact supported by the Ask Cardiff results that show that a large majority of people in Cardiff are satisfied living in the city.
“Ask Cardiff is a vital tool for engaging with residents in the city and it’s encouraging that this year there was an increase of almost 33 per cent in the number of people responding to the survey. It shows the value and high regard people have for their public services in the city.”
Almost 83 per cent of respondents to Ask Cardiff, which was carried between July and September 2015, recognised that a budget gap within the City of Cardiff Council of a potential £51.1m for 2015/16 and £120.1m over the next three years (figures correct at time of survey)means that difficult budget choices are required and almost 70 per cent support the Council in exploring new ways of working to deliver its services.
Thirty-seven per cent agreed that community groups and the third sector should be asked to run more local services. Nine hundred and four people (23 per cent) who responded were volunteering in the city at the time of the survey, 29 per cent were interested in local community involvement opportunities and 24.1 per cent indicated they would be interested in being more involved with Council business.
There was mixed levels of support for the Council charging more for some services if it meant they could be continued with almost 34 per cent supporting the proposal but 38.7 per cent were not sure.
Just under 3,000 respondents supported the Council in the greater implementation of fines for non-compliance such as, littering or illegal parking.
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