Brent budget consultation begins
17 October 2018
A consultation on Brent Council’s budget for the next four years is now underway after Cabinet gave the green light earlier this week.
Following years of sustained cuts in central government funding to Brent, residents are being encouraged to share their views on seventy individual draft budget proposals which would save £26million over the next two years if they were all agreed.
The proposals, of which £20m need to be agreed, have been arranged into four categories. The first category, which includes savings of £10.3m, which is more than half the total amount that need to be agreed, are ‘recommended’ as the council believes they would have a comparatively minor impact on residents. The other three categories are considered progressively more difficult and the consultation is designed to gauge residents’ views on all four categories and the proposals they contain so that the council can chose between them.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council, said: “Since 2010 the council has saved £164million and by 2020 the money we receive directly from Government will have been slashed by 79%. At the same time, demand for council services is increasing as we have more elderly, more vulnerable, and more young children in the borough. We are committed to delivering the services that matter most to people but the challenges are real and we need to find big savings on top of the ones we have already found. Inevitably, this means making some tough choices and this consultation is about understanding what choices residents want us to make.
“Let me be clear that no decisions have been made yet which is why I’m asking everyone who works and lives in Brent to give us your views and ideas on these proposals – either on the online consultation portal or personally at Brent Connects – and help us make an informed decision later for a balanced budget.”
The budget consultation will take place until 31 January 2019. Visit www.brent.gov.uk/budgetconsultation to read the draft proposals and take part online, or drop in at one of the five Brent Connects meetings below.
The Leader will be holding a question and answer session with finance officers at each of the Brent Connects meetings.
Brent Connects - Willesden
The Library at Willesden Green, The Performance Space, 95 High Rd., Willesden NW10 2SF
Wednesday 17 October 2018, 7pm-9pm
Brent Connects - Wembley
Patidar House, 22 London Road, Wembley HA9 7EX
Tuesday 23 October 2018, 7pm-9pm
Brent Connects – Kingsbury and Kenton
Kingsbury High School, Main Hall, Upper School, Princes Avenue, Kingsbury NW9 9JR
Monday 29 October 2018, 7pm-9pm
Brent Connects – Kilburn
Granville Centre, Front Room, Carlton Vale, London, NW6 5HE
Tuesday 30 October 2018, 7pm-9pm