Have your say on the future of public services in Brent

6 January 2017

Residents across the borough are being called to have their say on Brent Council's tax and spending proposals for next year at a series of upcoming meetings with councillors.

 

Starting with Wembley on January 11, the 'Brent Connects' meetings will also take place in Harlesden (January, 18), Kilburn (January, 24), Willesden (February, 7) and Kingsbury & Kenton (February, 8) and form part of a ten-week consultation on the council's budget plans.

 

At the meetings, residents will have the opportunity to have their say the council's plans to raise council tax by the maximum level allowed in response to budget cuts from central government, in order to protect services.

 

Acknowledging the pressure that council adult social care budgets across the country are under, the government announced just before Christmas that councils can raise the adult social care precept on council tax bills - an amount ring fenced for providing care to elderly and vulnerable adults - by an extra one per cent.

 

For Brent residents, this potentially means an increase in council tax this April of 4.99 per cent, instead of the previous maximum of 3.99 per cent that had been under consideration.

 

As well as discussing how the council plans to raise income to balance the books, views are also sought on the council's spending proposals for 2017/18.

 

Currently, these include spending in areas to help make Brent cleaner and safer, rubbish and recycling collection, boosting jobs and skills, protecting the vulnerable, increasing council housing, maintaining parks and open spaces and giving every child the best start in life possible.

 

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said:

 

"It is vital that the work we do as a Council reflects the priorities of our residents. That's we are asking the people of Brent to tell us what matters to them. I would encourage as many people as possible to visit the website, or join us at their local Brent Connects meetings"

 

Have your say online by 1 February 2017 or come along to one of the Brent Connects public meetings in January or February 2017.

 

Wembley

Wednesday 11 January 2017

Patidar House, 22 London Road, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 7EX

7pm to 9pm

 

Harlesden

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Tavistock Hall, 25 High Street, Harlesden NW10 4NE

7pm to 9 pm

 

Kilburn

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Salusbury Rooms, Salusbury Primary School, Salusbury Road NW6 6RG

7pm to 9pm

 

Willesden

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Performance Space, 95 High Road, Willesden NW10 2SF

7pm to 9pm

 

Kingsbury & Kenton

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Upper School Hall (K Hall), Princes Avenue, NW9 9JR

7pm to 9pm

 

Views taken at the Willesden and the Kingsbury & Kenton Brent Connects meetings, after the consultation portal has closed, will be added as an appendix to the Cabinet report and considered on Monday 13 February 2017 at the Cabinet meeting.

 

Full Council will then make a decision on the final budget for 2017/18 on Monday 27 February 2017.