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Havering Council asks residents' views on proposed budget

Published: Thursday, 3 October 2019

Havering Council is asking residents to have their say on how the Council should spend its money in next year’s budget.

Residents can get involved by taking part in an online consultation that has been launched on the Council's website.

In the consultation, the Council is seeking views on:

  • the overall budget
  • savings 
  • income generation proposals for 2020/21.

At the same time, they also want suggestions on alternative ways to meet the financial challenge. 

This consultation will ensure that the Council’s decision makers are fully informed of any relevant concerns before final decisions are made. 

Councillor Damian White, Leader of the Council, said:

“The government earlier this year announced that austerity is over, but it is clear it will take time to reverse this trend.

"Earlier this year, while protecting and investing in front line services that matter to residents, we announced that we had to make £13.2 million in savings for 2019/2020. As a council we have also become more efficient in the way that we deliver services to reduce costs and keep council tax increases to the minimum.

“However, despite some positive boosts in the government’s recent spending review announcement, the Council is still expecting to have to find a further £34.2m savings and efficiencies over the next four years to 2023/24 in order to balance the budget and counteract the increasing demand and cost of services.

“This is why it is important that we ask our residents their views on helping us to prioritise these savings and how we spend taxpayers’ money.”

Take part in the consultation