Council asks residents for views on tax increase to help fund adult social care
PUBLISHED: 17:12 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:18 07 January 2016
Havering Council has launched a public consultation asking residents if they would be willing to pay an extra 47p per week in council tax to fund care for elderly and vulnerable adults.
The move comes after the government’s financial settlement for 2016/17 was revealed to be £10.8million lower than this year’s grant leaving the council with a Revenue Support Grant of just £20.9m and an annual expenditure of around £166m.
Cllr Roger Ramsey, leader of the council, said: “The government financial settlement for Havering is disappointing to say the least, and means we have to make more difficult decisions to close the funding gap.
“It’s a well-known fact that the majority of council funds are spent on social care, and having the oldest population in London means we need much more than most to offer our residents the care that they deserve.
To help reduce the funding gap, we are now consulting with residents on the proposals put forward by the chancellor to increase council tax by two per cent, with the extra money to be used to support our most vulnerable older residents.”
More than 1,000 residents have taken part in the consultation so far and it has been adjusted so respondents can provide direct feedback on the issue.
This is separate to the budget consultation which closed in December.
The consultation period will close on February 2 and a decision will then be made.
To have your say visit havering.gov.uk/haveyoursay=