October - November 2017
As we prepare in earnest for next year’s council budget, it is clear that the financial challenge facing local authorities has never been greater – with dwindling resources and ongoing cuts going hand-in-hand with rising responsibilities and increasing pressure on services.
Haringey is no exception. Since 2010, more than £160million has been slashed from our budgets by central government, and we have a further £20million savings to deliver by next Spring.
It’s not possible to deliver that level of savings by tinkering around the edges, tightening our belts or slicing a little off each department. We’ve had to make some very difficult decisions, including reducing or ending some services that we know local people care deeply about.
We’ve also had to fundamentally re-think how we do things as a council – making sure we invest in growth so that we can be confident of safeguarding the borough’s future and continuing to make this a place where people are able to live happy and independent lives, and where businesses can flourish.
I’m proud that, despite the scale of challenge, we’ve achieved a huge amount on behalf of Haringey’s residents and delivered a raft of projects that have a positive impact on people’s lives.
We’ve helped deliver more than 1,500 new affordable homes – 72 percent of all major developments – and are bringing in more than £1billion investment to the borough. We’ve supported more than 900 people into jobs and apprenticeships and boosted standards in education – with almost 100 percent of the borough’s schools now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. We’ve invested £25million in road and pavement improvements, making them more pedestrian and cycling friendly. Together with the Mayor of London, we’ve invested in additional police officers, who remain on the beat in our borough. We’ve raised recycling rates and launched innovative schemes to drive down our carbon footprint. We’ve maintained and improved our network of libraries. We’ve invested in businesses to help them to grow and flourish, and we’ve made great progress against our ambitious plans to build thousands of new homes and create thousands of jobs for the borough.
That’s just a fraction of what we’ve achieved – and we’ve done all of this while continuing to freeze your council tax year-on-year.
Consultation on our budget and council tax proposals for next year will open later this month, and we want to know what you think about our plans. Please do have your say by completing our online survey or visiting one of our drop-in sessions. You’ll be able to find details of both on our budget consultation page.
Leader of Haringey Council
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