Budget for future generations approved

Published: Wednesday, 21st February 2018

The council’s budget for 2018/19 has been approved setting out a clear plan for investing in services residents value.

At a meeting of full council last night (Tuesday 20 February) the spending plan for the next 12 months was approved, including investments into a new CCTV network, highways improvements and new leisure facilities.

While many other councils have chosen to take the maximum available increase in Council Tax the Royal Borough has agreed to a 1.95% increase leaving residents with the cheapest Council Tax outside of London.

A further 3% adult social care levy was also agreed in the budget to ensure high quality services remain in place for vulnerable residents and continue to meet demand as the population ages.

Cllr MJ Saunders, cabinet member for finance, said: “The Royal Borough has once again agreed to a prudent budget which will provide residents with value for money services and see us invest in facilities for today and the next generation.

“This budget is about having the determination to spend where needed to enhance the quality of residents’ lives, especially the vulnerable.

“It’s about having the competence to plan and deliver substantial funds for residents, from the regeneration of Maidenhead and having the vision to reinvest those funds with fairness and focus in our schools, parking, leisure facilities and much-needed affordable and social housing.”

As well as new investments this year’s budget allows the council to continue to:

•    Operate weekly bin collections – unlike 76 percent of other local authorities in England.
•    Fund 18 community wardens, providing a reassuring presence across the borough.
•    Retain 14 libraries offering a wide variety of resources, community events and customer services.
•    Keep all 10 of the borough’s children’s centres open and offering a range of services.
•    Maintain free resident parking permits and Advantage Card discounts on parking charges.
•    Distribute £300,000 per year to local organisations through community grants.
•    Provide modern day services for the elderly, residents living with dementia and residents with learning needs in the borough.

Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council, added: “This budget sets out once again how we are going to continue to build a borough for everyone by providing value for money services that meet residents’ needs today and invest in services and facilities to meet the needs of the next generation.

“I was pleased to confirm at full council the administration’s commitment to retaining weekly bin collections, an important part of how we work with residents to build on the borough’s green credentials through recycling and responsible disposal of waste.”

At Tuesday’s full council the budget was agreed with 42 for, 3 against and 3 abstentions.

The full budget paper can be read online.

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