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Monday, December 21, 2020
Newham Council Budget Consultation for 2021
Check out the wider budget consultation here and the Eat For Free here
Share your views on our 2021/22 budget proposals
We have written up our proposed budget for 2021/22, and we want to hear what you think about our proposals and our budget priorities.
Our budget report includes:
The financial background to the budget
How the budget supports the council’s Towards a Better Newham recovery and reorientation strategy
Our spending commitments
Our savings proposals
The funding we receive from central Government
Emerging pressures and risks that could affect our future spending
Our budget proposals aim to support the priorities outlined in our Towards a Better Newham recovery and reorientation strategy – helping the borough to recover from the worst impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and investing in long-term strategies that will enable Newham’s communities to thrive in the future.
The proposals include:
Investing in education – including £36m for school expansions to create additional spaces for pupils
More than 1,000 new council homes, and improvements to existing homes
£1.5m investment in leisure services
A commitment to keeping each of Newham’s 10 libraries open
£11.5m for Brighter Futures, including youth empowerment and early help
£11m to Keep Newham Moving through long-term investment in roads, footpaths and street lighting
Protecting the Council Tax Support Scheme, which helps low income households who are unable to pay
Maintaining weekly waste collections, but introducing an annual charge for garden waste collections
Continuing to pay all staff at least the London Living Wage, and maintaining an ongoing commitment to national terms and conditions
Maintaining our enforcement partnership with the Met Police
Considering raising council tax by up to 5%
Making back-office savings to functions such as council IT and admin
Introducing emissions-based parking permits, with an increase in fees for households with the most polluting vehicles, or additional vehicles
Savings to the Eat for Free primary school meals scheme
Removing the £200 per week cap on adult social care fees
Share your views
We want to know what you think about our priorities and proposals. How might they impact you, and your community? Are there any residents you think might be more affected by the proposals?
You can share your views by email to email@example.com and we will be holding three public engagement sessions in January 2021 – further details including times, dates and how to register to attend will be published here shortly.
If you are a local business or trader, you can join the Newham Chamber of Commerce briefing on December 16. Further details will be available shortly.