Following the successful delivery of a public consultation regarding the London Borough of Barnet’s library service, Enventure Research was recently recommissioned by Barnet Council to undertake a public consultation with local residents surrounding the proposed changes to the Early Help Services.
Barnet Council have designed a questionnaire which aims to gauge perceptions of the proposed changes to the current Early Help Services and will be promoting and hosting themselves. Those who live in Barnet and those who work within the sector are invited to complete the questionnaire, which is available as an online survey and in paper format. As well as the analysis of the survey responses, additional insight is required by the Council as well as the findings from the survey.
Enventure Research will provide the Council with further insight through moderating a series of focus groups with a broadly representative sample of Barnet residents, including users and non-users of the Early Help Services as well as Youth Centre users and parents and carers of children with special needs. Focus groups will be led by Enventure Research’s experienced team of skilled moderators, who will also design the discussion guide especially tailored for each group. In addition to the focus groups, Enventure Research will also be hosting a number of public meetings alongside the Council where members of the public are welcomed to attend in order to ask questions and discuss the proposals.
Enventure Research will provide Barnet Council with a comprehensive report including the analysis of the survey responses as well as the qualitative findings that emerge from the focus groups and public meetings.
Enventure Research has worked on countless projects regarding waste and recycling; from doorstepping campaigns and participation monitoring, to focus groups and in-depth interviews testing communications and new schemes. Residents always have something to say about their local recycling service, however, in recent years we have noticed an increase in residents wishing for retailers to take more responsibility for recycling in terms of the packaging they use.
As the current recycling rate (2016) has recently been reported by Defra to be standing at 45.2%, it is clear that more needs to be done to increase the country’s recycling rate.
At the beginning of this year, a report produced by the Environmental Audit Committee urged coffee shops to introduce a ‘latte levy’ of 25p to be paid on disposable cups, and even suggested a total ban unless recycling improves. This comes after the success of the 5p plastic bag charge in supermarkets, which has prompted MPs to conclude that “consumers respond more to sticks than to carrots” (according to a BBC article).
However, the Government has since rejected the notion of a ‘latte levy’. Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee said: “Our report recommended practical solutions to the disposable packaging crisis. The Government’s response shows that despite warm words they plan no real action.”
The latte levy was in line with what residents have suggested in recent projects managed and delivered by Enventure Research. By putting the onus on the retailer as well as the consumer, this ensures that a combined effort is made to reduce waste and increase recycling rather than the pressure solely being on the consumer to recycle at home.
Hopefully the Government will reconsider this rejection of the latte levy, or perhaps provide another solution as part of ensuring that we reach our recycling rate target of 50% by 2020.