Consultation on London Borough of Hillingdon Budget Proposal 2022/23
The council is setting out proposals which will form part of its budget in 2022/23.
Continuing to put residents first
Thanks to its record of sound financial management, the council continues to deliver balanced budgets and invest in services and infrastructure for residents.
In planning this year's budget, the council's strong business practices and financial management are allowing it to put residents first by proposing a council tax rise for 2022/23 that is well below the rate of inflation (an increase in the cost of living as the price of goods and services rise).
The planned budget also indicates that residents will continue to benefit from award-winning services - there will be no reduction in service delivery. Free weekly waste and recycling collections will continue, as will investment in leisure facilities, road resurfacing, new homes, improvement works to council housing, new school places (including those for children with special educational needs) and town centre improvements.
Provision has also been made within this budget for reductions in the council's carbon footprint.
Council tax will only be increased by an anticipated 2.8 per cent. This includes a core council tax increase of 1.8 per cent and a 1 per cent levy relating to the social care precept (income that is ringfenced to fund residents' adult social care). In practice this equates to 67p a week for a B and D property.
Fees and charges are proposed to be increased broadly in line with inflation.
The council's planned budget is set to be achieved through a combination of the council delivering manageable increases in council tax, fees and charges, and producing efficiency savings, while maintaining and improving services for residents and preserving reserves.
Our business improvement delivery programme is producing savings by digitising processes, creating more modern and efficient services, streamlining management structures and maximising the use of the council's assets.
The limited increases in council tax, fees and charges are due to the rising cost of providing services. This is driven by inflation and a growing population.
Have your say on the council's budget proposals for 2022/23
Each year the council must consider and agree a balanced budget for its services and the amount of local council tax to be raised from residents and businesses, to help fund this budget.
On Thursday 16 December the council's Cabinet approved the draft 2022/23 budget for public consultation, in advance of formally setting the budget in February 2022.
In considering its options for 2022/23, the council is keen to hear the views of residents and local businesses on the draft budget proposals.
For information about the council's Budget Proposals and to have your say about them, please click on the links below:
How to get involved...
The deadline for comments is midnight on Sunday 30 January 2022.
If you have any problems accessing the online survey or would like to receive a paper copy of the survey, please contact the Customer Engagement Team on 01895 277038 or email email@example.com.