Residents to have their say on ‘community hub’

Terry Halliwell

Terry Halliwell

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Have your say

RESIDENTS are being asked whether major local services should be brought closer together in a “one-stop-shop” bid to make life easier for them and save the council more money in the process.

As part of its Deal for the Future consultation, Wigan Council wants to know if locals think services should come under one roof in a convenient location - making it simpler for them to access a range of services in one trip.

The “community hub” would house a range of services that many residents access each day including health, childcare, welfare support and much more.

Over the next few years, the local authority needs to make some difficult decisions and in order to plan efficiently for the future, they want to work closely with communities to tailor services according to the needs of the local population.

The consultation is also asking residents which services matter the most to them.

Coun Terry Halliwell (pictured), cabinet member for service transformation at Wigan Council, said: “We want to hear from residents who use our services now or may do in the future because their opinions really do matter.

“As part of The Deal we want to work with our communities and put our people at the centre of their lives, so we are urging residents to get in touch through the different ‘have your say’ avenues available.

“By working alongside our partners under one roof convenient to the community, we can ensure that our services are accessible to everybody and are much better for those seeking advice or help.”

The Deal is an informal contract between residents and Wigan Council. It sets out the council’s commitments to making Wigan borough a great place to live, work and visit in return for residents’ help.

Although the council has already saved £100m, it needs to save another £60m by 2019 and is relying on residents to help. The ambitious Deal for the Future plan will reform community services while creating 5,000 homes and 5,000 jobs.

Do you agree that services for you and your family should be co-located and easily accessible from a common location in your area?

Residents can comment on the plans by completing the survey in Borough Life magazine or heading to: www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/Consultations to fill in the survey online and to find out more information about other consultation topics.

They can also join the 300voices@wigan.gov.uk email group for updates.

By sharing views they will be in with a chance to win one of three £100 Grand Arcade vouchers.