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Residents called to have their say on Havering Council’s spending plans for the borough

PUBLISHED: 10:13 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:18 14 September 2018

Havering street scenes. Havering Town Hall

Havering street scenes. Havering Town Hall

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Havering residents and businesses are being encouraged to have their say on the council’s budget for the next four years.

Each year Havering Council sets a budget to decide how much it is able to spend on services for residents and businesses and how much income they need to fund this.

Residents can attend a consultation event, share their views online or pick up a form at the Town Hall and libraries to have their say on how the council sets the budget for the next four years.

Councillor Damian White, leader of the council, said: “We are facing a dramatic reduction in the amount of revenue support grant that Havering Council receives from central government.

“By 2020/21 reform to the grant system for funding local government will mean all local authorities will need to be self-sufficient.

“This has come at a time when demand for council services is increasing due to a growing population in general, and in particular an increase in the number of elderly and very young people in the borough.”

Residents are invited to attend a consultation event in Collier Row North Romford Community Area in Clockhouse Lane on Thursday, September 20 at 6.30pm and another event on Friday, September 21 at the Hornchurch Library in North Street from 1.30pm.

Cllr White added: “Many areas of the council’s budget are demand driven, particularly children and adult social care, as well as housing.

“We work hard to provide all key services that our residents require and we always put the needs of the borough first.

“We must in law set a balanced budget for the next financial year and to have a strategy in place for dealing with the gap over the next three financial years.

“This means making tough choices about funding local services and we need our residents and businesses to tell us what council services are a priority to them, and where we should be making savings.”

There will also be a consultation event at the Town Hall in Main Road on Friday, September 21 at 6.30pm and another event on Tuesday, September 25 at 6.30pm in Upminster New Windmill Hall, St. Mary’s Lane in Upminster.

Residents have until Sunday, September 30 to share their views on the budget.

For more information visit havering.gov.uk/budget2018.

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