Response to MP's survey
MP undertakes largest ever survey of constituents' views.
Kingston residents back NHS cash over tax cuts by four to
Kingston people want
investment in the NHS before tax cuts, more police on the
beat and prefer smaller class sizes, according to initial
results from a new survey of opinion. These are the
findings of detailed analysis of the first 1000 replies
to one of the largest surveys of opinions in the Borough.
The survey undertaken by local Liberal Democrat MP,
Edward Davey, was sent to a random sample of the
Borough's residents so that Mr Davey can identify
residents' views on key national and local issues.
Mr Davey asked his constituents about a range of issues,
from local police numbers to levels of taxation.
Health and NHS was the public's main priority by far,
with 32% of respondents saying this was their main
This was supported by an enormous 83% of residents saying
they would prefer to pay more money towards the NHS
rather than receiving the Government's tax cut. With
1000s of replies still left to work through, more results
are expected later this summer.
Commenting on the results and responses of this survey,
Edward Davey said,
"Thank you to
everyone who took part in this valuable exercise."
"From residents' responses to the largest ever
Constituency-wide survey undertaken by a local MP, it is
clear that they are concerned about under investment in
our local public services, such as the police, schools,
transport and the NHS.
"77% of residents feel that years of Conservative
and Labour cuts have left the local police
under-strength. They are clearly backing my
campaign for more police, backed up by costed Liberal
Democrat proposals to fund them."
"Furthermore, 83% of residents would like to see
small increases in taxation for extra funding for our
overcrowded school and desperately under-staffed
"These results will help me in my battle in
Parliament for what local residents want."
Over 40,000 surveys were sent to local residents.
A brief outline of the results of analysing the first
1000 returns are as follows:
(a) Results for whether Kingston has enough police
(b) Results for which of
the nation's top spending priority should be if the
choice was between the NHS or income tax cuts:
Income Tax Cuts: 17%
(c) Results for whether
larger class sizes have a negative impact on teaching
(d) Results for whether
public transport should be made more easily accessible
for elderly and disabled people: