Community to help shape the way council tax is spent

Have Your Say, It Is Your Council Tax

You can help shape the way Council Tax is spent

Residents, businesses and workers are being asked how Adur & Worthing Councils should spend the council tax they collect.

The Councils have today launched two surveys – one for Adur and one for Worthing – for the community to say what they think should be the priorities for the year ahead.

Everyone from the age of 14 upwards can complete the anonymous surveys, which should take no more than five minutes .

But that short amount of time is enough to influence the way the Councils set their budgets for spending on services for 2023/24.

Cllr Neil Parkin, the Leader of Adur District Council, said: “We know how challenging this year has been for everyone in Adur, with the rising cost of living affecting every aspect of our lives.

We want to do more to help our residents and businesses to thrive rather than just survive, but times are tight which means we must spend every penny we take in wisely.

Speaking to the community will help us identify exactly where they think we should be investing their money, for their benefit.

Cllr Dr Beccy Cooper, the Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:

As a Council for the community, we understand how difficult it has become for many of our citizens just to get by because of the rising cost of living.

Our costs are rising fast too, which has left us with some really difficult choices, but we’re determined to make sure we can support the most vulnerable in Worthing, with the help of our partners.

We launched The Big Listen this year to put residents at the heart of decision-making and its success has shown us how much people in Worthing want to have their voices heard. Now, more than ever, it’s important for everyone to have their say on how we invest in the services we all use.


It is the first time the Councils have carried out a consultation of this kind for more than five years, so many people may never have had the opportunity to do so before.

The survey features three key questions, focusing on whether the community is comfortable with spending being reduced on certain services in Adur or Worthing, which services should get more investment, whether council tax should be increased and, if so, by how much.

The surveys will be open until 7 January, after which the data will be analysed to find out what people think should be the Councils’ priorities. The results will then be given to each Council to help them decide how services should be funded and what level of council tax to set for next year.

Both Councils will then set their budgets for 2023/24 in February, ahead of the start of the new financial year on 1 April 2023.

Anyone who lives or works in Adur, including businesses based there, can fill in the Adur survey,

If you have a connection to Adur by living, working or studying there, you can also complete the Adur survey.

Have your say …
Closing date for your comments: 7th January 2023

Anyone who lives or works in Worthing, including businesses based there, can fill in the Worthing survey

If you have a connection to Worthing by living, working or studying there, you can also complete the Worthing survey.

Have your say …
Closing date for your comments: 7th January 2023

Published by Adur & Worthing Councils
Released: Thursday, 08 December 2022