Last chance to have your say on the future of public services in Brent

23 January 2017

Residents across the borough are being called to have their say on Brent Council's tax and spending proposals for next year before an online consultation closes on 1 February and at a final round of upcoming meetings with councillors.


The Brent Connects meetings at Kilburn (24 January), Willesden (7 February) and Kingsbury and Kenton (8 February) form part of a ten-week consultation on the council's budget plans.


Shoppers to Asda in Wembley on Monday 30 January will also have the chance to give their views, as a supermarket roadshow of the proposals makes its final stop having visited Morrisons in Queensbury on 14 January, and Sainsbury's in Willesden on 18 January.


Online and at the meetings, residents will have the opportunity to have their say on the council's plans to raise council tax in response to budget cuts from central government, in order to protect services.


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.


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.