The ongoing impact of a decade of government cuts to its budgets and continuing financial pressures mean that Hounslow Council is having to consider increasing Council Tax by 3.99 per cent for 2020/21
Published: Wednesday, 8th January 2020
The ongoing impact of a decade of government cuts to its budgets and continuing financial pressures mean that Hounslow Council is having to consider increasing Council Tax by 3.99 per cent for 2020/21. However, sound financial management has enabled the council to opt for an increase lower than last year.
Cllr Shantanu Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services said:
“The council continues to face major financial challenges due to austerity, particularly from the ever-growing demand on adult social care and children’s services. We therefore will need to make tough decisions in relation to Council Tax increases whilst protecting essential services for our most vulnerable residents and communities.”
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, added:
“The council, residents and businesses face significant challenges for the foreseeable future, but despite the cuts to our budgets, we are committed to providing good quality services that are viable and economically sustainable. We must find more innovative ways of dealing with these new challenges, especially with regard to climate change and becoming carbon neutral by 2030. We will continue to put significant resources into improving air quality and green spaces in the borough, and I look forward to working with residents and businesses to achieve this.”
At the next Borough Council meeting on 25 February, the Council will be asked to consider an increase in Council Tax of 1.99 per cent for 2020/21, plus a further two per cent adult social care precept, an increase which central Government has said it expects councils to make. This increase will add an extra £48.92 a year for a typical Band D property (excluding the Greater London Authority precept). The adult social care precept is ringfenced to protect adult social care services for the most vulnerable families.
Residents can manage their Council Tax account online. Register at www.hounslow.gov.uk/counciltax to check your bill, set up a direct debit, claim Council Tax Support or tell us about any changes to your circumstances.
Managing your Council Tax account online saves you time and avoids lengthy telephone calls, writing letters or visiting Hounslow House – ultimately it also saves you money.
For more information, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/counciltax.