Win £1,000 with Camelot. See this week's Recorder

On sale October 16

Councillors set to discuss freezing council tax in Havering for a fourth year

19:00 16 January 2013


Residents are set to see a freeze in council tax for the fourth year.

Councillors are set to discuss the proposals and launch a public consultation on the budget at next week’s cabinet meeting.

Other proposals are set to include using the council’s pensions fund to invest in the borough, which could include the purchase of commercial or residential property for let.

From April this year, the council will see a reduction in funding to Havering of around £1.5million, but the council is hoping to meet the shortfall without the need for cuts or tax increases.

Cllr Roger Ramsey, cabinet member for value said: “Our budget is built on a long term approach to cutting our running costs, rather than cutting services.

“That means we can focus on the priorities of local people, who want clean, well maintained streets, care for those in need and services like libraries and parks that improve the quality of life in Havering.”

The proposals come the same time as an independent Peer Challenge is published, describing Havering’s approach to the financial challenges it faces as “strategic and calm.”

Cllr Michael White, leader of the council said: “I’m very pleased that the Peer Challenge report recognises how well we’ve managed funding cuts in Havering since 2010.

“It’s not been easy and there’s much still to do, but this independent group of assessors described Havering as a “modernised and forward-looking authority”.


Latest News Stories

Straight Road, Romford

Detectives are appealing for information after a man was slashed across his face when he answered a knock on his door.

The Ferry Lane roundabout. Picture: Google StreetView

The director of a haulage firm that was a “very severe risk” to road safety has been banned from the industry for five years.

Yesterday, 17:16
Broadford Primary School.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of making a racist rant a Harold Hill primary school.

Yesterday, 15:46
Dagnam Park Drive Picture: Google Maps

A consultation has been launched by Havering Council into whether Dagnam Park Drive should become a 20mph zone as part of a series of proposed safety improvements for the road.

Yesterday, 14:04
Cllr Keith Prince is the Conservative candidate for Redbridge and Havering in the London Assembly elections

Born and bred in Havering and a former Redbridge council leader, Keith Prince, wants to stand up for the two boroughs.

Yesterday, 12:53
Perri's receipt shows the charge for womens clothes at the top

Most shoppers have accepted the 5p charge for plastic bags in supermarkets, but £12 for four of them is another story.

Yesterday, 08:19
Ernest Jones, The Liberty, was raided this morning (Monday October 12)

Ernest Jones in The Liberty Shopping centre was broken into this morning.

Yesterday, 07:00
Car parking

The number of parking tickets issued in Market Place, Romford, has doubled in the past five years.

Breaking News

Yesterday, 08:19

Ernest Jones in The Liberty Shopping centre was broken into this morning.

Read more

Most read news

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


Amazon: Everything you want to buy all in one place!

With £1,500 to spend online at Amazon, there’s really nothing you can’t buy.

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder