Consultation on further government cuts

5 October 2018

The Cabinet is set to consider the proposals on Monday (15 October) as it looks to find nearly £26 million worth of cuts and savings within the next two years.


A consultation with residents on a range of proposals which would save £26million over the next two years, if they were all agreed, is set to be discussed by Brent Council's Cabinet later this month.


Massive and sustained cuts in central government funding to local authorities have left Brent Council with the inevitable task of setting a balanced budget.


Since 2010, Government austerity has imposed £164m worth of savings on Brent Council, equivalent to cutting annual spend on core services from £920 per resident in 2010 down to roughly £550 per resident today. Overall, despite the Prime Minister's statement earlier this week that 'austerity is over', Brent will be forced to find around £40million in savings over the next four years.


Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council said: "Despite the Prime Minister's promise that austerity is over, the reality facing Brent is that by 2020 the money we receive directly from Government will have has been slashed by 79%. As a result, it currently looks like we will need to save around £40million over the next four years.


"While everyone in the council is working flat out to protect core services as much as possible, the coming years are going to be our biggest challenge yet.


"The Cabinet report sets out some challenging proposals, some of which are very difficult decisions to take. Thankfully we will not need to agree everything that is proposed, when the final decision is taken in February, to agree a balanced budget over the next two years. But we do have some genuine choices to make and it is really important that we hear your views about these draft proposals so we end up delivering the services that matter most to people.


"I urge everyone to take part in the consultation or use the budget simulator and help us to balance the books."


If Cabinet approves the draft proposals for consultation, residents will be able to have their say on the draft proposals from Monday 15 October by visiting the consultation portal or by attending one of a number of Brent Connect meetings and pop-up forums taking place over the coming weeks.


Following the consultation with residents, Cabinet will recommend a final budget for consideration at Full Council in February 2019. Visit the council website to view the full Cabinet report.