Have your say on council’s budget
Residents are being asked for their views on Haringey Council’s budget proposals in a consultation that launches today.
The 2019-2020 proposals look to protect frontline services wherever possible, though this is becoming increasingly difficult following years of central government cuts to our finances.
Since 2010 government grant funding to Haringey has reduced by £122million, the council’s workforce has been reduced by 45% and demand for our services continues to rise. Next year the council must cut a further £19.6million from the budget.
As part of next year’s proposals, to ensure we continue to support those who need it most we are proposing to put more money into children’s and adults’ services.
The council is also looking to invest in a school meals pilot and to fund a youth services programme to ensure Haringey’s young people are able to thrive.
Haringey has already become a London Living Wage employer, which means that no-one employed by the Council earns less than £10.55 an hour, and has committed to providing full council tax relief for our least well-off families with children.
In order to deliver a balanced budget, we are also proposing to increase council tax for the first time in nine years, by 2.99%.
Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, Leader of Haringey Council, said:
“Our borough – like most of the country – is facing huge financial challenges. Years of funding reductions by central government have forced us to make cuts and our workforce has been almost halved, at the same time as demand for our services continues to rise, in large part as a result of the Government’s policy of austerity. Our priority will always be the needs of our residents and we are committed to protecting frontline services wherever we can, and ensuring the right support is there for those who need it most. But there are no easy decisions left to make.
“It is vital that every penny we spend is spent wisely, based on our understanding of residents’ need. I encourage the community to make their voices heard in this consultation.”
The consultation runs from 18 December to 20 January 2019.
You can view the full proposals and complete the online survey here or pick up a paper questionnaire from your local library at the start of January.