Newham

Less than two weeks left for residents to have their say on Newham's budget challenge

29 September 2015 in Council and democracy and Finance
There are less than two weeks left for Newham residents to have their say on how the council can save £50 million next year.
Sir Robin Wales at a Budget Challenge street stall

Sir Robin Wales at a Budget Challenge street stall

Residents have until midnight on Sunday 11 October to complete the consultation which will help the council identify the savings it needs to make next year as a result of the continuing deep cuts in its funding from government and other cost pressures, including rising demands on its services.

The council has already received more than 1,700 responses to the consultation seeking residents’ views on the services that matter most to them. The results will help the council set its budget for the coming year.

£50 million is more than the council currently spends every year on street cleaning, waste collection, keeping the roads lit and running libraries combined.

Newham Council has already had to save £106 million due to the cuts in Government funding since 2010. It will also need to make further savings by 2019 meaning there will be more tough decisions about services in the future.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “The severe cuts in our funding means we are facing a massive challenge providing the support our residents want and need.

“We have strived to shield our residents from the impact of cuts but we now need to make some really tough decisions about what the council continues to invest in and fund.

“So many of our residents have already got involved and made their voices heard. However, we want to hear from more of you so we can ensure that the decisions we make will help us to provide the services that matter most to you.”

The consultation, together with a range of information on Newham’s Budget Challenge, can be found at www.newham.gov.uk/budgetchallenge

It can also be accessed through the What’s on in Newham’ app which is free to download via the App Store for Apple and android mobile phones and tablets.