We are proposing to freeze the core element of council tax, which pays for local services, for the ninth consecutive year. Increasing council tax by 2 per cent, which is the maximum allowed before holding a referendum, would raise around £2million. However, we have to consider this against the fact that the council tax disproportionately impacts on those with the lowest incomes, and those who are already facing significant challenges in making ends meet.
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 3 per cent precept will be added to council tax bills.
Adult Social Care Precept
Pressure on our adult social care budget continues to rise. We are therefore proposing to introduce the government’s Adult Social Care Precept. This will be 3 percent on the council tax bill, adding around £37 per year to a Band D council tax bill. The £3.1million this is expected to raise will be entirely ring-fenced for adult social care.
Our savings plans
During 2018/19, we need to save around £15million. Approximately half of these savings will come out of central (administrative) budgets to protect the services you rely on. We are also proposing to work with our partners to deliver services in different ways.
Our budget proposals for 2018/19 include:
- Sharing additional services with other councils, in addition to the services such as IT that we already share with Islington and Camden, as well as improving our internal Shared Service Centre. This could save around £250,000
- Helping people access more services and information online rather than on the phone or in person, as online contact can be as much as 90 times cheaper than face-to-face and 28 times cheaper than telephone
- Focusing on early help, prevention and family support to reduce reliance on critical services. This could save more than £1.5m in children’s services
- Focusing on helping older people to live independently in their own homes for longer
- Working with partners such as the clinical commissioning group and neighbouring councils to reduce demand on acute services for adults with learning disabilities and poor mental health. This could save more than £2.3m in adults services
- Charging for some environmental services, including garden waste collections; bulky item collections and replacement wheelie bins. This could save more than £500,000
- Further reducing spend on interim staff and consultants to save more than £50,000
- Bringing new investment to Haringey to provide jobs, homes and community facilities and increased income from council tax and business rates
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