Have Your Say on Budget Savings for 2018/19

As we approach the challenging task of setting a budget and Council Tax for next year, the Council have launched a short survey seeking your views on proposed savings to balance the 2018/19 budget.

The challenge has been made even more difficult by reduced levels of funding from central government while demand for services continues to grow. For example:

  • Havering grant reduces from £55.3m in 2010 to £1.4m in 2019 before disappearing totally thereafter
  • Demand continues to grow, particularly in social care, children’s services and housing
  • Waste disposal costs set to increase substantially from £15m
  • Significant reductions in Public Health and Education Services Grant

The situation is not helped by the way grant funding is distributed, for example a council such as Barking & Dagenham receive funding of £451 per head while here in Havering we receive £213 per head! Having made savings of over £40m since 2014, for 2018/19 the budget shortfall currently stands at £5.6m – but we are working hard to bridge that gap while keeping council tax at reasonable levels. Our focus is always to place the interests of our residents’ first and foremost and to provide the best services we can within the budget available.

The resident survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3ZVWP6B and ends on 2nd February.

To view the full list of proposed savings at 2018-19 draft savings

I would encourage residents to respond to the survey and if you have any queries I would be happy to assist as much as I can (email me at cllrclarencebarrett@yahoo.co.uk)

Cllr Clarence Barrett

 

 

 

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