SLOUGH LABOUR GROUP
CABINET RECOMENDS BUDGET TO FULL COUNCIL – FRONT LINE SERVICES PROTECTED AND COUNCIL TAX RISE SET TO BE LOWEST IN BERKSHIRE
Slough Borough Council’s Labour Cabinet last night recommended to Full Council Slough’s Revenue and Capital Budgets for 2018/19.
The budget, the first under the Leadership of Cllr James Swindlehurst, protects vital front line services from cuts and ensures Slough residents should face the lowest council tax rise in Berkshire, with the Council’s element set to increase by 1.5% – just 33p a week at Band C.
The £800,000 raised through this rise in council tax will ensure the Council can continue to maintain all of our operational and much needed frontline services – including dealing with the growing demand for temporary accommodation.
Like nearly all Councils, Slough is passing on the governments 3% charge to fund Adult Social Care. Combined with the local element of council tax, this equates to a 4.5% total increase.
Further measures to intervene in the local housing market have also been recommended, with £18 million set to be invested in James Elliman homes over the coming year to buy properties to help prevent Slough families from becoming homeless. A further £17 million will be invested in improving the Council’s existing housing stock.
Away from housing, the budget will recommend to Council over £25 million of investment into improving and expanding our schools – ensuring our education facilities continue to meet demand and match the ambition of our children and young people.
Cllr James Swindlehurst, Leader of the Slough Borough Council said:
“In the face of yet more cuts from central Government I am delighted to recommend a budget to Full Council that not only protects our front line services but also ensures Slough residents face the lowest council tax rise of any Berkshire council.
No-one likes paying more, but the £800,000 raised through this 1.5% increase will go some way to preventing homelessness and deal with the steep rise in temporary accommodation costs we are facing.
I am proud to say we continue to invest in the future of Slough with £35 million planned for improving and providing extra housing and over £25 million set to invested in the education of our children and young people.”