Take part in Express & Star Your Say survey next week

Here’s your chance to speak out about the important issues that affect your life – from bins and buses to policing and pensions.

Next week the Express & Star will launch the Your Say survey, the biggest ever independent snapshot of life in the West Midlands and Staffordshire.

All week we will be asking you for your views on everything from how cuts have affected services in your area to where you choose to do your shopping or enjoy a pint down the pub.

Your Say

We want to hear from as many readers as possible so that we can paint an accurate picture of you, your views and your concerns as we enter 2013.

The consultation will build on the success of last year’s pioneering Express & Star Black Country Census, which gave a valuable insight into the identity of the region past and present and attracted around 2,000 responses.

Next week, we will print 10 questions every day. And at the end of the week we will print all 50.

On Monday we will ask you about Your Services, dealing with important issues like council cuts to libraries, fortnightly bin collections and just how good a job our politicians at council level and in Parliament are doing in representing us.

On Tuesday you will have a chance to speak out about Your Towns – the state of your local shopping centres, the problems they face and what can be done to improve them.

On Wednesday, we will deal with Your Transport, including the reliability of bus and train services and issues like road tolls and the proposed extension of the Midland Metro.

On Thursday we will be asking you about Your Safety, gauging just how secure you feel walking the streets and if police commissioners are the way forward for policing in the region.

And on Friday, we will look at Your Well-Being, with questions on financial security, your happiness now and your hopes and fears for the future. Finally, on Saturday, we will round off the week by printing all 50 questions, just in case you missed any or fancy having your say in one go.

Express & Star editor Adrian Faber said: “We are hoping to create a valuable snapshot of life in this region as we enter 2013.

“We hope the findings of the survey will provide an insight into the priorities and concerns of our readers, something that service providers like councils and the police will take notice of.

“An essential role of the Express & Star is to give readers a voice and we want that voice to be as powerful as possible.”

The Your Say survey starts on Monday. Find out how to take part online and in-paper.