Investing in our Tomorrow
Investing in our Tomorrow was Haringey Council’s public consultation to ensure that the voices of local people inform and potentially help shape priorities for public spending.
Since 2011, the council has managed budgetary reductions due to cuts in central government grants that total approximately £100 million. Projections to 2017 indicate that a further total of £70 million must be cut from the council’s spending if it is to meet its legal requirement to have a balanced budget.
The council’s approach to the budget cuts and consulting local people is explained by the Council Leader, Claire Kober:
Our refusal to simply manage decline is at the heart of our determination to ensure we prioritise what residents care most about, and it’s why we want to work with communities and empower them to help us improve our borough.”
The consultation provided residents, business owners, community groups and people working or studying in the borough, the opportunity to have their say on issues affecting Haringey’s children and families, the environment, health and wellbeing, the economy, housing and community resilience.
The consultation took place from 29 September 2014 to 10 November 2014, and 1,118 people were engaged. This is a 162% increase on the council’s previous online budget conversation: Your Borough, Your Budget, which was carried out in February 2014.
HAVCO, the umbrella body for community and voluntary organisations led the consultation.
The results of your feedback can be found in the the following reports:
- Investing in our Tomorrow summary report (PDF, 1.7MB)
- Health and Wellbeing summary report (PDF, 570KB)
What happened next?
Following on from this the council published its proposed budget and draft Corporate Plan - see the Building a Stronger Haringey page for more details.