We are proposing to freeze our share of council tax which pays for local services for the eighth consecutive year. Increasing council tax by 2%, which is the maximum allowed before holding a referendum, would raise an additional £1.6 million. Yet, we have to consider this against the fact that the council tax disproportionately impacts on those with the lowest incomes.
The Government has allowed an additional charge to be added to council tax bills to help fund the rising cost of adult social care. This is known as the adult social care precept. The council’s Cabinet paper assumes that a 2% precept will be added to council tax bills. The Government has subsequently stated that, in 2017/18 and 2018/19, a charge of up to 3% can be added.
Our savings plans – long-term and short-term
Over the next two years we need to save around £20 million, approximately half of these savings will come out of central (administrative) budgets to protect the services that you rely on.
In the longer-term we are working with our partners to deliver services in a different way, which involves:
Sharing services with other councils.
We already share our IT service with Islington and Camden Councils.
Focusing much more on early help and preventative services – for example by helping older people live in their own home longer by making adaptations in the home and better use of technology.
Helping people access services and information online instead of having to call us or visit a customer centre.
We are also helping bring in new investment to Haringey to provide jobs, homes and community facilities.