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DCC Role in Social Wellbeing Survey

DCC Role in Social Wellbeing Survey

This survey provides guidance to the Dunedin City Council (DCC) on what areas of social wellbeing the DCC should be involved in. The key findings from the survey included:

  • 90% agree that the Dunedin City Council (DCC) has a role in social wellbeing in Dunedin.
  • 86% agree that the DCC should have a role in helping people feel connected. Most say the DCC should ensure a range of affordable and safe transport options are available; and that they should provide quality spaces for social interaction such as libraries and parks.
  • 82% agree that the DCC should have a role in supporting communities to become stronger and more vibrant. Most say the DCC has a role in supporting new migrants to Dunedin; organising or funding festivals and events; providing grants to community groups; and providing advice and information to community groups.
  • 84% agree that the DCC should have a role in ensuring people are healthy and safe in Dunedin. Most say the DCC has a role in encouraging the use of active transport; improving the safety of people in public places (street lighting and CCTV); and providing recreation and leisure opportunities (e.g. pools and playgrounds).
  • 62% agree that the DCC should have a role in ensuring all people have a reasonable standard of living in Dunedin. Most say the DCC has a role in providing opportunities for a great work/life balance; advocating for a reasonable standard of living for everyone; and encouraging opportunities for everyone.
  • 75% agree that the DCC should have a role in improving the quality of housing across Dunedin. Most say the DCC has a role in providing housing at a low cost for older people and those on low incomes; requiring landlords to participate in residential rental assessment schemes; encouraging home-owners to make homes warm and well ventilated; and requiring minimum standards for residential rental housing.
  • A recurrent theme in the comments is that, often, the DCC role should be more to encourage, advocate and work with community groups and other organisations to ensure social wellbeing, rather than providing it.

The People’s Panel findings, together with other feedback from the public, showed considerable support for the DCC being involved in the social wellbeing of Dunedin communities. However other consultation showed that the role the DCC should have in areas should be identified and specified. The feedback from the Panel will inform the role the DCC has in the areas of social wellbeing (e.g. advocate for good health services, rather than provide health services). The Social Wellbeing Strategy will be amended to address these issues, and it is anticipated the revised Strategy will be adopted in February 2013.

In addition, three teams will be established within the DCC to develop implementation/action plans. The specific ideas and thoughts provided by the Panellists will be considered by these teams (e.g. introducing minimum standards for rental accommodation) and included in the implementation/action plans.

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