Building a better Brent despite the funding squeeze
Tuesday March 12, 2019
Deep and sustained central Government funding cuts to local councils across the country continue. In Brent’s case, by 2020 the cash we receive directly from central Government will have been cut by 79%. For another year we’ve needed to make really difficult decisions about what we can afford to protect.
Unfortunately, with much of our remaining income now coming from local taxes, instead of from central Government, we need to increase council tax. The vast majority of council’s across the country are doing the same.
I won’t pretend that finding an extra £1.66 a week will be easy, and I know that this will be a pressure many of us could do without. In return, my commitment to you is that this council will continue working in the best interests of everyone who’s made Brent their home.
Despite the financial pressures, we want to build a better Brent – a borough in which every resident has every opportunity to succeed.
Working with our partners and communities every step of the way, the new Borough Plan is our roadmap to make a real difference to the lives of local people.
Cllr Muhammed Butt
Leader of Brent Council