Hillingdon Council has approved its annual budget, setting a council tax increase which they say is well below the rate of inflation.
The new budget, which was approved on February 23, will continue to deliver a balanced budget while aiming to minimise pressure on residents.
To reduce the funding requirement from residents, the council’s transformation programme continues at pace and has a savings target of £21million for 2023/24.
Core council tax will increase by 2.99 per cent and the adult social care levy will be set at two per cent. In practice, this equates to a total increase of £1.21 a week for a Band D property.
Councillor Martin Goddard, Hillingdon Council’s cabinet member for finance, said: “It is clearer than ever that government grants are nowhere near meeting the additional cost pressures for local services, particularly the demand for social care services, which is putting a huge strain on local authorities right across the country against the backdrop of challenging economic conditions nationally and internationally.
“Despite this, the council is continuing to deliver a balanced budget thanks to its track record of sound financial management, producing efficiency savings, and preserving reserves – as well as maintaining and investing in services for residents.”
Free weekly waste and recycling collections will continue, as well as investment in road and pavement resurfacing, new homes, leisure facilities, town centre improvements, educational facilities, and environmental projects to reduce the council’s carbon footprint.