Budget cuts and savings proposals

Hounslow Council has announced details of the budget cuts and savings.

Published: Monday, 28th November 2016

Hounslow Council has announced details of the budget cuts and savings that have been proposed as the council strives to deliver a balanced budget for the next two years.

Budget savings with a total value of £7.2 million were approved by Borough Council on 18 October. A further set of proposals is being published today [Monday 28 November] for consideration by the Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Monday 5 December.

If these measures are eventually accepted by Cabinet and Borough Council, Hounslow will have achieved a balanced budget for 2017/18 and, as far as we can tell from current circumstances, for 2018/19 as well.

The cuts and savings in this package come from staffing restructures in some council services, encouraging the use of online council services, and reducing contract and insurance costs. The package also proposes that Hounslow adopts the government’s social care precept of 2 per cent to help protect adult social care services from further cuts.

Combined with the 1.99 per cent Council Tax increase agreed in principle by Borough Council on 18 October, this will mean a total Council Tax rise of 3.99 per cent in 2017/18 – an additional annual cost of £43.08 for a household living in a Band D property.

Councillor Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement, Hounslow Council, said: “The Council’s ability to provide local services is under more pressure than ever because the money we receive from central Government has fallen significantly every year since 2010.

“At the same time, inflation and increases in the number of people in the borough, and especially of children and older residents, has meant increased costs and demand for council services.

“We face some tough decisions as the Council has to increase income or reduce its spending by £45.8m over the next two years to balance the books and set a legal budget.

“Having published these proposals, the next step is to present them to the Overview & Scrutiny Committee for examination and discuss them with key partners and service users before final decisions are taken next February.”