Join Budget Question Time next week and have your say

Residents, local businesses, and community groups will have a chance to quiz Hounslow Council Cabinet members about the Council’s budget proposals during a virtual Question Time event.

Published: Thursday, 18th February 2021

The virtual panel at cabinet question time on Thursday 16 July.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran, will be joined by Cllrs Lily Bath, Deputy Leader of the Council, , Shantanu Rajawat, Lead Member for Finance and Corporate Services and Candice Atterton, Lead Member for Adults, Social Care & Health, to answer questions about the proposed budget for 2021/22.

The Question Time is being held to enable residents to hear first-hand from Cabinet Members on the budget proposals, before the budget is presented to Borough Council on 2 March 2021.  The virtual event will take place on Thursday 25 February at 6pm.

Residents will be able to ask questions during the live event, they can also submit their questions beforehand and these will be responded to in writing after the event by emailing communications@hounslow.gov.uk before 5pm on Tuesday 23 February.

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “These are very challenging times for our residents and businesses.

“It’s important that we hear from as many residents and local businesses as possible.

“I hope you will take the opportunity to join us and ask the questions that matter to you. I look forward to seeing you.”

The event will be held on Microsoft Teams and to attend the event on the day please click on this link. In case of any problems accessing the link please read the detailed instructions.  

The proposed budget:

The proposed budget sets out how the Council will meet the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to provide frontline services and deliver its priorities for the borough outlined in its ambitious Recovery Plan: One Hounslow Forward Together.

The budget proposes an increase in the Council’s element of Council Tax of 4.99%, which is equivalent to £5.30 a month/ £63.62 per year for a Band D property (excluding the greater London Authority precept).

Three per cent of this increase is ringfenced to protect adult social care – an increase requested by the Government – and 1.99 per cent is a general increase reflecting the impact of inflation on the council’s costs.

The budget proposal was approved at Cabinet on February 9, 2021. It will now go to Borough Council on March 2, 2021 for approval

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