Brent Council consults on budget proposals
12 November 2019
A consultation on Brent Council's budget was approved by Cabinet yesterday (Nov 11), meaning residents are now being invited to give their views on the proposals.
Local government has been under significant financial pressure in recent years due to funding cuts and a mounting increase in demand for key services. This has meant that councils across the country, including Brent, have needed to make tough choices about how to spend their money.
Over the past nine years, the council has found innovative ways to maintain and improve services but this has required some substantial savings to be made along the way.
Yesterday, Cabinet met to discuss the council's budget proposals for the next three years, which, if agreed following the consultation, will include £7.4 million of savings in 2020/21 and £6.1million of savings between 2021/22 and 2022/23.
Minesh Patel, Brent Council's Director of Finance, said: "The savings we're proposing do not include the wholesale cuts to services that many councils are considering, but instead focus on areas we can make our money go further, apply service transformation and generate more income.
"Although, like many other councils, we are also consulting on increasing council tax in order to help balance the budget and continue to deliver key services that residents rely on which is our absolute priority.
"It's important that residents get involved in this consultation so they can let us know what they think and help us make sure we get this right."
The budget consultation is now open and will remain so until 31 January 2020.
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