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.
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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