Council budget 2020/21
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Councillors have agreed the Council’s budget for the year ahead, which the Mayor of Hackney says will help to make the borough fairer, safer, healthier and more sustainable.
The Council’s budget for 2020/21 was approved at a meeting on 26 February. The proposals included a council tax increase of 3.99% – less than 90p a week for the average Hackney household.
The increase in council tax will help to address government cuts which have seen the Council’s core grant shrink by half since 2010, whilst demand for services has increased dramatically. In Hackney, we have seen the biggest funding cut per household of any London borough, at £1,459.
Our priority has always been protecting frontline services, so we’ve tried to address this huge challenge by, among other things, reducing management and back office staff, investing in services to reduce costs in the long term, bringing services back in-house and renegotiating contracts.
Find out more about the budget and the Council’s priorities for the year ahead:
At a council meeting on 26 February, councillors approved proposals to increase council tax by 3.99%. This will increase bills for most people in Hackney by about 90p a week, and Hackney’s council tax will still be one of the cheapest in London.
Increasing council tax is not an easy decision, but we need to do it to help fund vital services. We know that some people will struggle with this, so we’ve increased the amount of support available to the 27,000 people on low incomes who qualify for our council tax reduction scheme. We also have a discretionary hardship fund for those who need more help.
The Council funds local organisations who also offer a wide range of financial support and advice, and this year’s budget includes an extra £500,000 to directly support our poorest residents, including help for families in food poverty to access fresh, healthy food.
Find out more about council tax, why we need to increase it and support available for low earners:
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Despite the challenging circumstances, this year’s budget includes ambitious plans to not only protect the services you rely on, but also make the borough fairer, safer, healthier and more sustainable.
Our budget aims to make sure that Hackney continues to be a place for everyone, and help all of our residents access the opportunities and benefits that Hackney’s growth brings.
You will receive a summary of what is contained in the budget in Hackney Today on 16 March, and via your council tax booklet, which will be delivered with your council tax bill in March.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities.
Adult social care authorities are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)
The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care.
Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this “precept” at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2020/21.