Budget Consultation 2021-2022

The year 2020 was like no other.

When we look back it will forever be remembered as the year of the coronavirus - which not only caused enormous challenges for our health service but also brought about significant social and economic crises that we are still continuing to deal with to this day.

No one really knows how long coronavirus is with us, but what we do know is the cost so far from additional spending and lost income is £47m . To give that some context, our total budget – that’s how much we had to spend on everything - for 2019/20 was £149m.


The challenges we're continuing to face

While government grants have gone someway towards helping with additional spending, we’re still left with a shortfall of around £10m from responding to COVID-19. That’s a huge hole to fill, especially when we are already dealing with budget pressures caused by a decade of government austerity and an ever-increasing demand for housing and social care.

As it stands, for every £10 we have available to spend, £7 goes on caring for the most vulnerable people in our community before we can do anything else.

Of course, we know it isn’t just us that has been affected by COVID-19. Across the capital, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause a combined shortfall of £1.8billion across all London boroughs.

That is why we have pressed the government for more help, but so far it hasn’t been forthcoming.

And it is this uncertainty that means we have to make our already overstretched budget go even further to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents.

How we do that is becoming increasingly difficult as the demands – and costs – continue to rise.


What this means for 2021

Investment and our ability to continue providing key services for the most vulnerable in our community is only possible through an increase in Council Tax.

We know everyone is struggling at the minute, which is why we don’t take the decision lightly to propose an increase of 1.99%, with a further 3% increase to be ring fenced to pay for Adult Social Care. In total, this would mean paying and extra £1.23 per week for the average band D property.

This increase means we do not have to cut back our support and services for the most vulnerable in our borough – something we simply would not do.

Our borough faced many challenges before COVID-19 and the pandemic has simply added to them. It is only through our sound financial management, in the face of prolonged government cuts, that we have been able to continue to balance the books; however, in the face of government refusal to help with the growing challenges we face, we must ask for your help.


Facebook Live Q&A

Residents can also tune in to a special budget Facebook Live Q&A with Councillor Twomey and Councillor Rodwell, Leader of the Council, on Thursday 28th January, between 5.15pm - 6.00pm on the Leader's Facebook page and can submit budget questions ahead of the session by emailing socialmedia@lbbd.gov.uk.


The year 2020 was like no other.

When we look back it will forever be remembered as the year of the coronavirus - which not only caused enormous challenges for our health service but also brought about significant social and economic crises that we are still continuing to deal with to this day.

No one really knows how long coronavirus is with us, but what we do know is the cost so far from additional spending and lost income is £47m . To give that some context, our total budget – that’s how much we had to spend on everything - for 2019/20 was £149m.


The challenges we're continuing to face

While government grants have gone someway towards helping with additional spending, we’re still left with a shortfall of around £10m from responding to COVID-19. That’s a huge hole to fill, especially when we are already dealing with budget pressures caused by a decade of government austerity and an ever-increasing demand for housing and social care.

As it stands, for every £10 we have available to spend, £7 goes on caring for the most vulnerable people in our community before we can do anything else.

Of course, we know it isn’t just us that has been affected by COVID-19. Across the capital, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause a combined shortfall of £1.8billion across all London boroughs.

That is why we have pressed the government for more help, but so far it hasn’t been forthcoming.

And it is this uncertainty that means we have to make our already overstretched budget go even further to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents.

How we do that is becoming increasingly difficult as the demands – and costs – continue to rise.


What this means for 2021

Investment and our ability to continue providing key services for the most vulnerable in our community is only possible through an increase in Council Tax.

We know everyone is struggling at the minute, which is why we don’t take the decision lightly to propose an increase of 1.99%, with a further 3% increase to be ring fenced to pay for Adult Social Care. In total, this would mean paying and extra £1.23 per week for the average band D property.

This increase means we do not have to cut back our support and services for the most vulnerable in our borough – something we simply would not do.

Our borough faced many challenges before COVID-19 and the pandemic has simply added to them. It is only through our sound financial management, in the face of prolonged government cuts, that we have been able to continue to balance the books; however, in the face of government refusal to help with the growing challenges we face, we must ask for your help.


Facebook Live Q&A

Residents can also tune in to a special budget Facebook Live Q&A with Councillor Twomey and Councillor Rodwell, Leader of the Council, on Thursday 28th January, between 5.15pm - 6.00pm on the Leader's Facebook page and can submit budget questions ahead of the session by emailing socialmedia@lbbd.gov.uk.