Budget plans will protect those who need it most
Protecting vital children’s and adults services and investing in housing across the borough are at the heart of new budget plans unveiled by Haringey Council.
The Council’s cabinet has approved plans for next year’s budget which includes investing an additional £7.6million in children’s services and £7million more in adult services. Among the projects these will fund are a pilot school meals scheme and the new youth services programme, which are currently being developed.
The council is also set to invest up to £1billion on housing in Haringey over the next five years, including delivering 1,000 council homes at council rent and £270m on renovating existing council homes. The council’s Borough Plan, which was also confirmed this week, sets out our vision to deliver safe, secure and affordable homes for everyone in Haringey.
The council still has to find £14million in savings in order to achieve a balanced budget next year. Since 2010, the council’s core spending power has been reduced by £122million (equivalent to £405 per resident) and our workforce has almost halved.
In the past three years, central government forced local councils to levy a precept to cover the funding gap for adult social care. However, this is no longer possible, so Haringey is increasing its base council tax by 2.99%, the first base increase in nine years. Though this adds only 74p a week to the average bill, it will bring in an additional £3 million this year to help the Council continue providing vital services, ranging from waste management and libraries to adults’ and children’s services.
Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, Leader of the Council, said: “Years of austerity and funding reductions by central government have forced us to review what and how we deliver the vital services that our residents rely on. We have had to make cuts and we continue to face huge financial challenges. However we recognise the crucial role that our children’s and adults services play in helping those most in need, which is why we remain committed to protecting and investing in those services.
“For the first time in nine years we are asking people to pay an extra 74p per week for their council tax to help us meet these challenges. It will also help us to ensure that our least well-off families with children pay no, or less, council tax through changes to our Council Tax Reduction Scheme.”
The plans will now go to full council on Monday 25 February for approval.
Furthermore, the council’s borough plan sets out the council’s priorities until 2023. The bold vision pledges to deliver:
•A safe, secure and affordable home for everyone, whatever their circumstances;
•Strong families, strong networks and strong communities nurture all residents to live well and achieve their potential;
•Stronger, connected communities where together we improve our environment by making it safer, cleaner and greener;
•A growing economy which provides opportunities for all our residents and supports our businesses too
Read more about the borough plan here: https://www.haringey.gov.uk/local-democracy/policies-and-strategies/borough-plan-2019-2023-consultation
Read the budget report here: https://www.haringey.gov.uk/local-democracy/policies-and-strategies/your-haringey-your-future/our-budget