Pressure Push Council Tax up by 3.8%
As Council funding continues to shrink, we need to make sure that the money we do spend is done so wisely and in line with the priorities of the community. Setting a balanced budget is extremely difficult against all the competing demands and pressures, however it is vital that we formulate a budget that will provide a decent and affordable service to our residents whilst ensuring our more vulnerable people get the care they deserve. Whilst recent government rules would have permitted a rise of up to 6%, for 2018/19 the agreed overall Council Tax increase is 3.8%, slightly less than current RPI of 4.0%. This is made up as follows:
Havering Council +1.5%
Mayor of London +5.1%
Adult Social Care Precept +2.0%
The Mayor of London has increased his element by 5.1% to pay for more police resources. This then gives an overall Council Tax for 2018/19 of £1,658.06 (Band D), an increase of £60.33 or £1.16 per week from 2017/18.
Some key features of the budget are set out below:
- Central government grant reducing from £12.3m this year to zero by 2020/21
- Pressures continue in Social Care, Children’s Services and Homelessness
- A further £1m is required to pay for our waste disposal
- Public Health Grant reduced by £289,000
- New Homes Bonus reduced by £2.640m
- Education Services Grant reduced by £835,000
- Reflects £56m of savings made since 2014/15
- Further savings of £2.175m in 2018/19
- Additional £115,000 channelled into tackling fraud
- £3m of capital funding to resurface roads and pavements
To see the budget proposals and report, please click HERE
I seconded the Budget and gave a speech which can be viewed at budget speech 2018#3.
Happy to answer any queries on the Council budget and Council Tax.