Budget consultation

This consultation ended on the 30 September, a report on the consultation results and  findings will be presented to the Council’s Cabinet meeting in November 2018.

How we are funded

Funding for our Council budget comes from many sources such as Council Tax and grants from central government.

Each year we set a budget to decide how much we’re able to spend on services for Havering residents and businesses for the next financial year and how much income we need from government and Council Tax to fund this.

In January 2018 we consulted with you on the budget for 2018/ 19, but now we need to look at our Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) for the next 4 years.

Where we are now

We are facing a dramatic reduction in the amount of Revenue Support Grant that Havering Council receives from Central Government. This reduction in funding has occurred at the same time as demand for council services has increased due to a growing population in general and in particular an increase in the number of elderly and very young people in the borough.

Havering’s Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) indicates that without remedial action the Council will be faced with an increasing budget gap of more than £37m over the next four years.

By 2020/21, Central Government intend to reform the system for funding local government which will mean all local authorities will need to be self-sufficient.

Our priorities

Many areas of the Council’s budget are demand driven, particularly in Children’s Services, Adult Social Care services and Housing. In these areas the Council is keen to prioritise preventative activity that will ultimately reduce this demand.

We work hard to provide all key services that our residents need or want. In addition, it is the Council’s aim to drive down back office overhead costs as much as possible and to increase the level of efficiency across all Council services.

What next? 

We must in law set a balanced budget for the next financial year (2019/20) by the middle of March 2019 and have a strategy in place for dealing with the gap over the next three financial years that the MTFS has identified.

Have your say

The budget consultation will take place until 30 September 2018.

View the consultation document (pdf)

View the consultation document (online)

Complete the consultation survey

Public consultation events September

We held six public events in August, and this month we have four events taking place across the borough.

Come along to our events to have your say.  

Your views are important to us. Your feedback to the consultation will help us decide which services we prioritise.

Area Venue Address Date and time Car Parking
Facilities
Collier Row North Romford Community Area 32 Clockhouse Lane
Romford
RM5 3QJ
Thursday 20 September
6.30-8pm
Yes
Hornchurch Library 44 North Street
Hornchurch
RM11 1TB
Friday 21 September
1.30-3pm
Yes
Romford Town Hall Main Road
Romford
RM1 3BD
Friday 21 September
6.30-8pm
Yes
Upminster New Windmill Hall ST Mary's Lane
Upminster
RM14 2QH
Tuesday 25 September
6.30-8pm
Yes

We want as many people as possible to take part, so in addition to an online survey, there will also be paper copies of the budget consultation available to pick up in all local libraries and from the Town Hall.

View the presentation slides shown at the budget consultation events.

Watch the budget consultation meeting – filmed

The outcomes of this consultation will be analysed and presented at Cabinet in November 2018 when Council looks at arrangement for the budget.

Further information

Each year we set a budget to decide how much we’re able to spend on services for Havering residents and businesses for the next financial year. This is based on the income we can raise from Council Tax, Business Rates and any additional money we can claim from Central Government or the Mayor of London. We also apply for grants and awards for specific projects.

Many areas of the Council’s budget are demand driven, particularly in Children’s Services, Adult Social Care services and Housing. In these areas the Council is keen to prioritise preventative activity that will ultimately reduce this demand. Where the Council has more choice of the level of spending, for example many of our environmental services, the Council is keen to hear residents’ views on their priorities, which is why we are undertaking this consultation. We work hard to provide all key services that our residents need or want. In addition, it is the Council’s aim to drive down back office overhead costs as much as possible and to increase the level of efficiency across all Council services.

We are facing a dramatic reduction in the amount of Revenue Support Grant that Havering Council receives from Central Government whilst at the same time we are facing rising demands from residents. Over the next four years we face a budget gap of £37 million so we need to take action now to ensu we can still run our services efficiently.

We raise money from Council Tax, Business Rates, directly from Central Government departments and we also charge directly for many services. Central Government, the Mayor of London and charitable funds often offer the opportunity for the Council to apply for grants and awards for specific projects.

We have made large cuts in our budget over the last few years and we have lost £39 million in Central Government Grants in the last four. We have found new ways of working, negotiated better value out of the contracts we award, and used IT and technology to save money. We continually look at best practice in other boroughs and the private sector. We are now conducting a full review of all of our services to see where we can make changes. We need residents to take part in our consultation so we know which services are important to them and then we can prioritise those.

In January 2018, we consulted with you on the budget for 2018/19, but now we need to look at our Medium Term Financial Strategy for the next four years. Any resident or business in the borough can take part in the consultation.

Your feedback to the consultation will help us decide which services we prioritise. The outcomes of this consultation will be analysed and presented at Cabinet on 14 November 2018 when Council looks at arrangement for the budget. Residents will be able to see the full report on-line.

Your views are important to us – Our budget consultation will take place through August and September 2018. We want you to view our proposals and have your say on the consultation by visiting www.havering.gov.uk/consultations.

The survey will be live on our website throughout August and September for you to complete and give us your views.

We want as many people to take part, so in addition to the online survey, there will be paper copies of the budget consultation available to pick up in all local libraries, the Public Advice and Service Centre (PASC) in the Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, Mercury House and the Town Hall, Main Road, Romford.

There are a number of consultation events taking place across the borough, you can attend any of these to put your views forward.

View consultation events

You can also have your say at the Havering Show which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday 26 August/Monday 27 August). Look out for the Routemaster Bus where volunteers will be available to take your views.

 

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