Last night we successfully voted through our budget which protects vital frontline services and freezes the Council Tax for the sixth year in a row.
As part of the coming year’s budget, we announced:
- an additional £2.6 million to be invested in Adult Social Services next year to help provide more care packages – the packages will help vulnerable residents to retain their independence and remain in their own homes.
- plans to spend around £130 million on schools over the next five years, which will help to create more than 7,000 school places
- a further £2.3 million will help us continue to protect vulnerable looked after children who require complex and specialist placements to meet their needs
- innovative ways of providing additional temporary accommodation for homeless families will be explored, including a hostel at Perth Terrace and temporary structures elsewhere in the Borough
- three additional swimming pools will be made available to residents to use
- Hainault Forest Country Park will be developed to provide more activities for families
- a children’s play area, a high ropes course and an adventure tower with a climbing wall will open at Fairlop Waters
Our Council is tackling an unprecedented £70 million budget gap arising from central government cuts and service pressures. This year’s budget includes measures to reduce the gap by £37 million and will include £12.7 million savings to be made by reorganising the way the Council works internally and by generating income: £5 million will be saved by providing services differently, £1.9 million by streamlining the way things are done and £2.7 million will be saved by renegotiating contracts.
Refuse and recycling collections, weekly street sweeping, free bulky waste collection for residents, 30 minutes free parking and street light services will all be maintained.