Budget Proposals

This consultation is now closed - thank you to everyone who took part.

A Cabinet report is now being prepared and the results of the consultation will be published before the end of February 2019.


Council Tax

We are proposing to increase council tax by 2.99%. For the last nine years council tax has been frozen, except for a precept to specifically fund adult social care for the last three years. The proposed council tax rise will create an additional £3m to deliver local services. We know that council tax proportionately affects those with the lowest income, so the council is also proposing to extend the Council Tax Relief Scheme (CTRS) to 100% for our least well-off families with children.

Budget reduction required in 2019/20

£19.6mNext year we need to reduce the budget by around £19.6 million.

This consultation document puts forward proposals for £7m of new budget reductions for 2019/20 (this figure rises to £13m when fully implemented). Cabinet had previously agreed £6.1m of savings for next year. Between now and the Full Council meeting in February 2019, we will have to identify a further £6.5m of budget reductions in order to set a balanced budget.

Looking beyond next year to future financial years, we forecast that we will still have to put in place further budget reductions of between £18m-£26m.

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How we are intending to save £13 million over next 5 years

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

Children’s Services

Although Children’s Services will get more funding this year, there will be budget reductions to make. The proposals include plans to enable the service to more effectively support our children and young people through targeted and evidenced based service provision. This includes increasing the support available to our families and looked after children, alongside the recruitment of more foster carers where care is needed. We will also ensure our workforce continues to reflect the level of need in our borough and through a targeted support and social care practice we will be able to better support families at the time they need it.

Savings Proposal2019-2020
£000’s
2020-2021
£000’s
2021-2022
£000’s
2022-2023
£000’s
2023-2024
£000’s
Total
£000’s
Reduce the number of agency staff(196)(61)---(257)
Reduce operational costs(347)(250)---(597)
Reduce the cost of placements(746)(90)(90)--(926)
Safeguarding and Social Care and Early Intervention and preventing demand(290)----(290)
Increase income generation(23)----(23)
Children's totals(1,602)(401)(90)--(2,093)

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Adult Services

The service is proposing several strands of budget reductions under broad headings of: income maximisation; further back-office efficiency; appropriate use of capital funding; and an ongoing commitment to achieving value for money in negotiating contract prices, including in Public Health services.

Savings Proposal2019-2020
£000’s
2020-2021
£000’s
2021-2022
£000’s
2022-2023
£000’s
2023-2024
£000’s
Total
£000’s
Charging for Managed Accounts(120)----(120)
Fast tracking financial assessments(140)----(140)
Capitalisation of Community Alarm System(177)----(177)
Housing-Related Support(600)----(600)
In-House Negotiator(116)(344)---(460)
Transfer of High Cost Day Opportunities-(525)(15)--(540)
Public Health (Sexual Health)(267)----(267)
Public Health (Substance Misuse)(400)--(100)(100)(600)
Demand savings(180)(180)(180)(180)-(720)
People (Adults) Totals(2,000)(1,049)(195)(280)(100)(3,624)

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Clean and Safe borough

The budget reduction proposals include reviewing and consulting on parking schemes and cleaner streets and traffic enforcement. Further budget reduction are proposed relating to efficiencies and changes to existing and retendered contracts in the areas of waste, leisure and facilities management.

Savings Proposal2019-2020
£000’s
2020-2021
£000’s
2021-2022
£000’s
2022-2023
£000’s
2023-2024
£000’s
Total
£000’s
Additional HMO Licensing Scheme for HMO-(400)---(400)
Review and Extension of CPZ coverage(500)----(500)
Waste, CS & Enforcement: Efficiency Savings on Veolia Contract(100)----(100)
Increase in Moving Traffic Enforcement(260)(40)---(300)
Healthmatic Toilets(30)----(30)
Extending parking enforcement(350)----(350)
Litter Enforcement-(100)---(100)
Soft FM Efficiency(25)(25)(50)--(100)
Leisure centre concessions--(50)(70)(70)(190)
London Construction Programme Revenue(200)----(200)
Flexible Police Resourcing(200)----(200)
Waste Service Programme-(500)---(500)
Parking Transformation Programme-(500)(500)--(1,000)
Place Totals(1,665)(1,565)(1,565)(70)(70)(3,970)

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Housing, Growth and Employment

Budget reductions include proposals to reduce consultancy, senior management posts, tackling uncrystallised debt, capitalisation of development costs and reduction in temporary accommodation costs.

Savings Proposal2019-2020
£000’s
2020-2021
£000’s
2021-2022
£000’s
2022-2023
£000’s
2023-2024
£000’s
Total
£000’s
Carbon Management(60)----(60)
Reduction in consultancy budget(75)----(75)
Deletion of senior post(225)----(225)
Tackling uncrystallised debt(50)----(50)
Outdoor media adverstising-(15)---(15)
Temporary accommodation reduction plan(920)(708)(573)--(2,201)
Explore opportunities to capitalise development team costs(150)----(150)
Housing Totals(1,480)(723)(573)--(2,776)

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Enabling Savings

The budget reductions proposed take into account additional income generated from a new street furniture advertising contract and from removing the existing provision for ward budgets.

Savings Proposal2019-2020
£000’s
2020-2021
£000’s
2021-2022
£000’s
2022-2023
£000’s
2023-2024
£000’s
Total
£000’s
Out of home advertising income generation(129)(5)(5)(6)(6)(151)
Remove ward budgets(190)----(190)
Your Council Totals(319)(5)(5)(6)(6)(341)

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

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21 January 2019

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