Council Tax booklet 2017/2018
Councils including Hounslow are facing unprecedented cuts in funding from central Government, forcing us to make difficult decisions on where to focus our spending.
Our ability to provide excellent local services is under more pressure than ever, and in order to address the growing demand for key local services and protect frontline services wherever possible, 2017 will mark the first increase in Council Tax in a decade for Hounslow residents.
The 3.99 per cent increase (which includes adopting the Government’s social care precept of 2 per cent to help protect adult social care services from further cuts) will mean an increase of £43.08 for a Band D property (excluding the GLA precept).
There have been significant reductions in our grant income from Government every year since 2010. In the last two years alone, central Government funding has fallen by £22.8 million, but there is increasing demand for council services, particularly for children and older people.
We have had to make some hard decisions in order to reduce our spending by £45.8m over the next two years, and have tried to focus on staffing restructures, encouraging greater use of online council services, and reducing contract and insurance costs in order to minimise the impact on local services and local residents as much as possible.