RESIDENTS will be asked how coronavirus has affected their lives after the council approved a covid-19 survey.

The questionnaire will be sampled to 1,800 residents across all 18 of Bracknell Forest’s wards so bosses at the council can gauge how to respond to the pandemic over the next three years. 

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Priorities will be drawn from the responses to the survey, which will be demographically weighted to ensure under-represented groups — such as the BAME community and young adults — also get a chance to have their say. 

Bracknell Forest Council’s top team approved the survey at a meeting last week, rubber-stamping almost three dozen questions which will now be tested on a handful of residents before the questionnaires are conducted over the phone. 

The survey, which will cost BFC £17,000 to roll out, has three aims.

  • To obtain the views of residents on the impact of COVID -19 to them, their family and the community including the social, economic and environmental impact
  • To provide insight into the support the borough will need to recover from the community impact of COVID -19
  • To identify opportunities and behaviour change to sustain through recovery as well as how to respond to adverse impacts

Results will be published at the end of July, with BFC’s top team deciding how to act on the data in early September. 

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Residents will be asked a total of 33 questions from the survey which are based around community, economic and health and wellbeing issues, as well as much more. 

The full list of questions is here:

The survey was given the go-ahead at a meeting of BFC’s executive on Tuesday, June 30.