Budget Proposals

Council Tax

We are proposing to increase council tax by 1.99% (£2m), plus the 2% precept allowed by national government to fund adult social care (£2m). For nine years Haringey’s council tax was frozen, except for three years of the adult social care precept.

The proposed rise will create an additional £4m to deliver local services. We know that council tax proportionately affects those with the lowest income, so the council has continued the Council Tax Relief Scheme (CTRS) to 100% for our least well-off families with children.

Budget Reductions Required in 2020/21 and beyond

This consultation document puts forward proposals for £5.5m of new budget reductions for 2020/21 and Cabinet has previously agreed £8.8m of savings for next year, bringing the total to £14.3m. Even after these proposed reductions we currently estimate a budget gap of £0.6m for next year. This figure will change, including the final Government Grant details and we will identify how the budget will be balanced between now and the February 2020 Full Council meeting.

Looking across the remainder of our financial planning period, we already have agreed plans for budget reductions of £9.2m and we presently forecast that we will have to put in place further reductions on top of this of £23.3m.

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How we are intending to save £10.4 million over next 5 years

The new budget reduction proposals that have been developed through the budget setting process are summarised below.

People - Children’s Services

The proposals include plans for a new delivery model for public health services, combining the Health Visiting Service, the School Nursing Service and Family Nurse Partnership programme.

Savings Proposal2020-2021
£000’s
2021-2022
£000’s
2022-2023
£000’s
2023-2024
£000’s
2024-2025
£000’s
Total
£000’s
New delivery model for 0-19 public health commissioned services125125---150
Reduce cost of residential care placements-100-100100200300
Insourcing accommodation for unaccompanied asylum seekers150----150
Reduce operational costs in Schools and Learning5025---75
Review of spend on transport and taxis--75--75
Children's totals225150175100200850

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People - Adult Services

The service has two proposals. One is a service redesign of public health services, the other relates to the closure of Osborne Grove Nursing Home and its redevelopment as a new expanded facility that supports more people.

Savings Proposal2020-2021
£000’s
2021-2022
£000’s
2022-2023
£000’s
2023-2024
£000’s
2024-2025
£000’s
Total
£000’s
Public health lifestyles services – redesign and targeting at those who need them most-60---60
Osborne Grove redevelopment1,034---476-558
People (Adults) Totals1,034600-4760618

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Place

Proposals include major savings from transforming the way we control parking in the borough making it easier to buy permits and more efficient for the council to run the service, a scheme for licensing privately rented homes and enforcing existing rules designed to limit the damage caused by the heaviest and most polluting vehicles.

Savings Proposal2020-2021
£000’s
2021-2022
£000’s
2022-2023
£000’s
2023-2024
£000’s
2024-2025
£000’s
Total
£000’s
Selective Licensing Scheme to improve standards in privately rented homes--239--239
Increase in recovery of outstanding debt from unpaid fines210----210
Use new technology to enforce existing rules to stop heavy and high emissions vehicles being driven on smaller roads62280300--642
Increase parking permit charges for petrol vehicles with the highest emissions7525---100
Increase income by collecting more trade waste25----25
Reduce the number of staff in the Veolia Contact Centre, who take calls on bin collections and other waste and cleaning services, from 10 to 8-50---50
Mechanisation of high street cleansing and ensuring consistent standard across the borough by focusing on outcome-150150--300
Bring Facilities Management services back in-house150----150
Automation of aspects of mail services-77---77
Changes to Crematorium lease bring increase in income20----20
Renegotiation on leases on buildings in parks at new rates-20---20
Move to fully electric fleet for parks vehicles-25---25
Increase income from electric vehicle charging100----100
Parking transformation programme, providing a more efficient and effective service1,360840300--2,500
Place Totals2,0021,467989004,458

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Housing and Economy

Proposals include setting up a new Community Benefit Society as a way of providing housing to those most in need, and changes to the way services are funded.

Savings Proposal2020-2021
£000’s
2021-2022
£000’s
2022-2023
£000’s
2023-2024
£000’s
2024-2025
£000’s
Total
£000’s
Set up Community Benefit Society which will lease properties bought by the council to people in need of housing68136136136136612
Charge Homes for Haringey for Carbon Management Team work40----40
Acquire head-leases of sites where the council already owns the freehold and so stop paying rent on these properties100120130120-470
Reduction in North Tottenham regeneration revenue budgets75----75
Alternative funding model for work on sites for new housing (using Section 106 funding or capital budgets)100----100
Apply capital funding to the delivery of sites for increasing employment opportunities75----75
Increase capitalisation of regeneration service costs75----75
Increase charge to Housing Revenue Account of regeneration work for work on estates and delivery of new housing100----100
Restructure senior management in Housing, Regeneration and Planning30----30
Income from outdoor media including rental income for digital billboards and other digital displays100----100
Increase income by carrying out overdue rent reviews100----100
Increase income from Mobile Operators and Infrastructure providers20----20
Housing Totals8832562662561361,797

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Your Council

Proposals include a major investment in our libraries to maximise their use, ways of generating additional income from filming and advertising contracts, and improving the efficiency of services.

Savings Proposal2020-2021
£000’s
2021-2022
£000’s
2022-2023
£000’s
2023-2024
£000’s
2024-2025
£000’s
Total
£000’s
Reduction in paper use13----13
Increase in detection of fraud, joining up with boroughs across London2525---50
Increase income by providing legal services to Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)30----30
Efficiency savings from the Finance Directorate340-200--540
Reduction in grant to Alexandra Palace and Park Charitable Trust from £1,950k (revenue)195-100--295
Redesign of Libraries Service to make full use of the buildings and space-184181--365
Extend approach to redesigning front and back office services by improving digital offer and processes-250250--500
Use capital to fund delivery of change projects92----92
Increase income from film companies who want to film in the borough663--15
Increase the number of sites for street digital advertising1105250--212
Review corporate services and reduce number of posts214----214
Increase capital funding of staff working on infrastructure for Digital Services345----345
Your Council Totals1,370517784002,671

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Your Haringey Your FutureIntroduction by Cllr Joseph Ejiofor | Our Budget | Budget Proposals

Page last updated:

21 February 2020

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