Monthly Archives: October 2014

Striking a New Deal for our district

We need to make a New Deal for Bradford District with local people, communities, partners and businesses. We want local people and businesses to tell us their ideas about how things could be done differently and what people should be able to expect from the Council and other organisations, as national funding for public services continues to be cut.

We are inviting people to events where they can give us their views about what services are most important to local communities and businesses, what services matter less and could be stopped or changed, what people could do differently to help and what support people need to do more things for themselves.

Government funding for our services has been cut by over £100 million in the last few years and the reductions are set to continue. lnflation and rising demand for services mean that the size of the cuts we have had to make is even higher.

By April 2015 the Council will have cut its spending by over £170 million since 2011. Between now and 2020 the money for our services is forecast to reduce by another £130 million. That’s nearly a third, from £420 million today to around £290 million in 2020.

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Improving the mobile experience on our website

About 45% of people who visit our website are using a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). We have made some changes to the way the website works to improve the experience for people using these smaller screens.

The biggest change you will notice is on our homepage, where we focused on the things we know people use the most. On a smartphone, the first things you will now see are a search box, the A-Z and a list of top tasks.

Homepage on a smartphone before and after changes

We have made more subtle changes to other pages of the website. On a smartphone, the main navigation menu now sits below the content on most of our pages, rather than to the left. This allows the main section of the page to look bigger, filling the whole width of the phone’s screen. If you need to use the main menu on your smartphone, just swipe down the page and you will see it at the bottom. Continue reading Improving the mobile experience on our website