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Hillingdon Council freezes council tax for all for 10th successive year

New release: 22/2/18 - Hillingdon Council approved its budget for 2018/19 at a council meeting on Thursday 22 February, and will deliver a council tax freeze for all residents for the 10th successive year and the 12th successive year for over-65s.

In contrast to a recent report revealing that 95 per cent of authorities in England will be raising council tax this year, Hillingdon Council confirmed the freeze and that all current services and facilities will continue - including library services, weekly refuse and recycling collections, and services for the elderly including free burglar alarms, free allotments and free swimming.

Councillors also agreed that Hillingdon residents will not be charged the social care precept for the third year running.*

The budget included

  • Further investment in expanding primary and secondary schools to meet the needs of a growing population and provide additional places, with the programme of investment now totalling £260 million
  • £30 million funding for a new swimming pool in the Yiewsley/West Drayton area
  • £1 million for local communities through the Chrysalis fund
  • Additional investment in local highways, totalling £4 million for 2018/19
  • Continued funding for the council's bowls club refurbishment programme
  • £5 million for boroughwide library and leisure centre refurbishment programmes
  • Reprovision of Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre using £26.5 million funding secured from HS2 Ltd
  • £576,000 each year for a new waste and recycling centre in the south of the borough.
  • The introduction of a free bulky item collection service for all residents
  • £3 million grant programme to support independent youth and uniformed groups (Scout, Guides and Cadet)
  • Continued investment in replacing children's playgrounds
  • Continued provision of services to residents over 65 including free burglar alarms, allotments, swimming and Brown Badge parking permits
  • Initiatives to reduce the use of plastic bottles and cups
  • To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a £320,000 bursary scheme to assist young Hillingdon residents with university tuition fees
  • Continued investment of £1 million in the Chrysalis Environmental Improvement scheme

In addition, the council has offered to purchase Uxbridge Police Station at market price (£4.6 to £5 million) and make it available for police use and pay £250,000 a year, for the next five years, representing approximately half of the running costs.

The council has also set aside £200,000 to protect the wellbeing of residents and the environment by assisting in the removal of the threat of Heathrow expansion.

Councillor Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council said: "We put residents at the heart of everything we do, and it is our sound financial management and good business practice that really sets Hillingdon apart from other councils. Considering the huge financial pressures facing local authorities, freezing council tax for a 10th successive year and the 12th year for over 65s is a remarkable achievement and we will continue to improve facilities and deliver services that our residents value."

 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors

  • On Thursday 8 February, the Local Government Information Unit published the 2018 State of Local Government Finance report that revealed 95 per cent of authorities in England will raise council tax
  • *The social care precept is an additional charge of up to three per cent added to council tax bills, which 147 out of the 152 councils in England added in 2017/18

 

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