Budget proposals

At a cabinet meeting last night (14 December) Councillor Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, laid out budget proposals for 2018/19 - writes hillingdon.gov.uk.

He said:

  • For the 10thsuccessive year, Council Tax for all residents will be frozen - this will be the 12thyear of a council tax freeze for the over 65s.

  • For the third successive year we will not levy the social care project (which is a mechanism to have an additional 2% in the first year and up to 3% last year and next year - in effect, giving Councils the opportunity to raise total council tax receipts by 4.99% - and many councils will be doing this.)

  • As regards fees and charges for council services and facilities these will remain at - at least 10% cheaper than the charges levied by our neighbouring councils.

  • All current services and facilities - including our comprehensive library services, weekly refuse collections, the Chrysalis programme and a raft of services for the elderly including free burglar alarms, free allotments and free swimming will continue.

In addition to which we will provide:

  • A waste and recycling centre in the south of the borough

  • A new state of the art swimming pool and leisure in the Yiewsley/West Drayton area

  • We have offered to purchase Uxbridge Police Station and lease it to MOPAC for a five year period at a very modest rent - on top of which we have offered to pay £250,000, ( half the estimated running costs) each year - for the next five years.

  • We will offer a free bulky waste collection service currently available to the over 65s, for all residents.

  • We will expand our youth offer with a grants programme of £200k a year to support independent youth groups. - It has become apparent that the old style youth clubs that we have been building are no longer favoured by our young people as they once were - so whilst we will continue to operate those that we have - we will now stop building youth centres and provide capital funding to support the guides, scouts, cadets and sports and other clubs for young people that are thriving.

  • We will set aside £200k for the continued fight against Heathrow Expansion.

  • The first of our rebuilt libraries is now ten years old - so we will commence a refurbishment programme £1,000k a year to maintain these valued community resource bases at a good level.

  • Our leisure facilities are also in need of some refurbishment and will benefit from a £750k a year refurbishment programme.

  • Using HS2funding which we fought to secure, we will reprovide the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre.

  • We will continue to rebuild or refurbish bowls clubs in the borough investing £500k in each of the next two years as required.

  • Our playground replacement programme will continue as will our investment in highways and pavements ( £3million in 2018/19) and our schools expansion programme at both primary and secondary level to ensure that every child in Hillingdon has a school place.

All in all very much business as usual in Hillingdon - sound financial management and good business practice - allowing the combination of a continued tax freeze and the continued delivery and improvement to services and facilities.

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