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FULLY COSTED: Hillingdon council agrees on new budget plans

 Published on: 11th January 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hillingdon London Borough Council (HLBC) agreed last month on a new proposed budget for 2022/23, which includes such developments as a council tax rise, reductions in carbon footprint and new school places.

No cuts to public services have been made, with a 2.3 per cent increase in the council tax being taken to account for the increase in expense for these services, which itself is driven by inflation and a growing population in the area, according to the council.

HLBC also say that the rise is well below the rate of inflation.

The budget will further account for continued improvements to the area’s infrastructure, leisure facilities, roads and council housing.

Cllr Martin Goddard, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Being fiscally astute will allow us to continue with a programme of capital investment and no loss of services for residents.

“By keeping our council tax increase below the rate of inflation it means more money in residents’ pockets for the things they need, during a particularly challenging time for everyone.

“Our strong record of sound financial management sets us apart as a local authority and means we’re able to support households amidst the national rise in living costs while continuing to protect frontline services, maintaining and investing in the services that residents value, and supporting the borough’s COVID-19 recovery.”

To have your say on the new budget proposal, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/budget-consultation before the consultation ends on January 30.

Photo Credit: Ray Stanton

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