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The budget 2019/20

Many thanks to the 2,024 local residents, businesses and community groups that took part in our Your Borough Your Future consultation at the end of last year.

Receiving direct feedback from local people about the services they value and rely on provided crucial insight to our budget-setting process, and we will always seek to consult with residents on any future significant changes to our services.

The new budget and council tax rates for the next year were officially approved at a special Full Council meeting at the Town Hall on February 20. You can read more about the council’s budget setting decision.

Here are some of the ways your feedback impacted on the budget that was approved. 

What you told us

  • 42% of respondents considered children’s services and education to be amongst the three council services they value the most. 36% regarded both public health and community safety as amongst their most valued services.
  • When considering limited resources, respondents said that community safety should be prioritised (44%) alongside children’s services and education (40%) and housing services (36%).
  • 55% said the council should make services more efficient to minimise the impact of government cuts.
  • 82% said they would support the council increasing opportunities to generate income from its assets such as parks, open spaces and council- owned buildings to raise money and help avoid cuts to services.
  • 58% of residents (49% of total respondents) said that they would support a proposal to add an increase to council tax by up to 3% to help protect frontline services. 68% (residents and businesses) support a 1% increase to council tax to specifically aid adult social care.

What we are doing

  • New investment in early years for our youngest residents, additional support for our schools, protecting free school meals for all primary school pupils and expanding our tackling poverty fund.
  • Funding secured for two new secondary schools and investment in a new footbridge across South Dock on the Isle of Dogs.
  • A new team of anti-social behaviour enforcement officers to keep streets safe on top of the additional police officers already funded by the council.
  • New funding to improve waste services and a new team to remove graffiti and clean up our borough.
  • £332m for new council housing schemes across the borough and temporary accommodation.
  • Limiting our council tax rise to the rate of inflation (2.4%) plus 1% that the government expects us to raise to support adult social care. We still have the 7th lowest council tax in London, and one of the most generous council tax reduction schemes.
  • Continued protection for key frontline services and investment in our Idea Stores and libraries, leisure centres and gyms.
  • Helping to bring our communities together by scrapping the charge for street parties.

Further information

There is more detail on how we will be spending the 2019/20 budget here