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New survey launched about how services are funded

Tuesday, 31st July 2012.

People living and working in Haverhill are being asked for their views on how money should be spent in the town and which services are important to them through a new online survey launched on Friday.

In December 2011, the Government announced that Haverhill had been chosen as one of just 12 areas in the UK to pilot a new way of giving local communities more say in the way budgets are spent.

ONE Haverhill,the organisation chosen to deliver the project, has identified two key areas of public funding to look at first - money spent on improving the physical environment and opportunities for young people.

Local people will decide which of the areas under these headings are most important through a series of consultations.

Representatives from ONE Haverhill have already started to canvass views in the town by attending the torch relay and the Big Day Out event on the Recreation Ground on Wednesday.

A link to the online survey can be found by visiting www.onehaverhill.co.uk, the site of the board’s new website which is currently under development.

Under the Haverhill Community Budget project, all organisations will still hold their funding and their responsibilities, but the board will work on bringing organisations round the table to ensure the money is spent locally to provide the services local people value the most.

ONE Haverhill is an independent board bringing organisations and resources together to make them more effective and efficient in the town.

Members of the board include all three tiers of local government, the business sector, education, police, health, the voluntary sector, Havebury Housing, Abbeycroft Leisure and the faith community as one voice with the aim of improving the quality of life for people in Haverhill.

Anne Gower, chairman of ONE Haverhill, said: “We have already started canvassing views by attending major events in the town.

"We want to reach as many people in Haverhill as possible, so the launch of our new online survey is a major step towards our community engagement project.”

ONE Haverhill will submit its proposal to the Department for Communities and Local Government and will present the findings to Whitehall in October.

You can visit ONE Haverhill on twitter at www.twitter.com/onehaverhill and on Facebook www.facebook.com/OneHaverhill

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