Budget consultation

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So far the council has saved over £200m since 2010


Introduction

This year the council is spending £1.2 billion gross expenditure (£364.1million net expenditure budget) on public services to support people and improve lives.

Almost half of our net budget is spent on supporting children and vulnerable adults.

Covid-19 has of course had a huge impact on our services and on our finances and we set this budget in that context.

We’ve worked hard to make over £200m in savings since 2010, as our budget has been cut by the government and we’ve been squeezed by additional demand.

The



So far the council has saved over £200m since 2010


Introduction

This year the council is spending £1.2 billion gross expenditure (£364.1million net expenditure budget) on public services to support people and improve lives.

Almost half of our net budget is spent on supporting children and vulnerable adults.

Covid-19 has of course had a huge impact on our services and on our finances and we set this budget in that context.

We’ve worked hard to make over £200m in savings since 2010, as our budget has been cut by the government and we’ve been squeezed by additional demand.

The additional expenditure and income pressures that have now been experienced because of the pandemic, alongside increasing demand for services and expected changes to government funding, mean that we still need to look at achieving significant savings.

The required savings are subject to ongoing uncertainty as this will depend on both the extent to which the government provides additional funding for Covid-19 pressures, and the impact of the pandemic on income from council tax and business rates.

Despite challenges from budget cuts, increases in the number of vulnerable residents and a rising population, we are proud to continue our investment in frontline services and have the seventh lowest council tax in London.

We have made a number of tough choices to minimise the impact on those services residents have told us that they rely on the most. We have reduced our own running costs, been more efficient in how we deliver services, and reduced our workforce by a third since 2010.

We have to make the most of the money we have, as well as continuing to look at innovative ways to generate income.

This consultation is your chance to get involved in the budget conversations and to help us shape the future for all.

Read our budget booklet and then respond to our survey, which is open until 10am on Monday 15 November 2021.


Completing the survey

We want to hear your thoughts on our budget through our survey, which is available at the bottom of this page. The survey is simple and easy to use - and should take around 10 minutes to complete.

If you're new to completing surveys online, we would encourage you to ask someone you live with (or someone you come into safe contact with, such as a carer) to assist you with this platform in person or over the phone.

Please be assured, all responses are confidential.


Covid-19 advice and support

We are continuing to work with partner organisations across Tower Hamlets to respond to the pandemic and make sure that our residents, particularly those most vulnerable, are given the support they need.

If you need local advice or support, please visit our dedicated Covid-19 webpage, subscribe to our regular updates or contact us if you need coronavirus-related support.

  • This consultation is your chance to get involved in the budget conversations and to help us shape the future for all.

    Read our budget booklet and then fill in the survey by 10am on Monday 15 November 2021. 

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