A Budget Fit for the Future
Keeping communities safe during coronavirus pandemic and planning for a strong recovery are the focus for our budget proposals for the next financial year.
Although the level of government funding next year has been confirmed, we still face a level of financial uncertainty as we manage rising demand for services whilst facing reduced income from areas such as parking and business rates, which have been affected by the pandemic. The Government has promised additional funding to support our response to COVID-19 but this is unlikely to be enough to fully compensate.
To help us maintain essential local services, the Cabinet’s budget proposals include a 1.98% rise in Council Tax. The Social Care Precept will be added to this and used to raise an additional 3% worth around £3.1m per year to help protect adult social care.
Due to cuts in government funding, and no funding to meet increasing demand for care services or inflation, the council has had to find £173m since 2010 – equivalent to 60p in every £1. And by 2022 we will have to save at least another £11.6million. At the same time, demand on services is growing as people live longer and the borough’s population continues to grow.
We want to prioritise services for vulnerable people, such as social care for children and adults, whilst also doing our best to maintain other services such as waste and recycling collection, street cleaning and roads maintenance.
What do we do for you and our communities?
We provide lots of services that people see, like emptying your bins, cutting grass, clearing litter and mending roads.
But we also provide a lot of services which many people don’t see and which require far more money than providing many of our common day-to-day services. For example, we:
look after vulnerable children who need our help
care for people with mental health issues or problems
support elderly people to stay as happy and independent at home as possible
help families with housing problems to prevent them becoming homeless
Looking after children and people who need care in their own home takes up around two thirds of our budget.