Only a quarter of people think their council is prepared for the snow

A council workers grit the pavements around Bingham, Nottinghamshire
A council workers grit the pavements around Bingham, Nottinghamshire Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Only a quarter of people think their local authority is well prepared to handle the icy conditions and heavy snow, according to the latest ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

The survey of more than 2,000 people also found that a quarter of people think their local authority is badly prepared. Here's how they responded to the question:

  • Well prepared: 27%
  • Neither well prepared nor badly prepared: 39%
  • Badly prepared: 23%
  • Don't know: 11%

But when it comes to their own preparations, around three in five people (62%) said they have not bought road salt or snow chains, or stocked up on food and drink.

The age group least likely to have made any preparations is the young.

Three-quarters (73%) of those aged 18-24 say that they have not prepared, compared to just over half (55%) of those aged 65 and over.

Nine out of ten people say that public transport providers should be better prepared for snow and icy conditions.
Nine out of ten people say that public transport providers should be better prepared for snow and icy conditions. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The public also has little sympathy for those who run public transport services that are affected by snow and icy conditions.

The overwhelming majority (83%) say that the running of trains, buses and airports are too often disrupted by snow and icy conditions.

Nine in ten people agree that those who run trains, buses and airports should be better prepared by now for snow and icy conditions.

  • ComRes interviewed 2,004 British adults online between 11-13 January 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all British adults aged 18 or over.