Newham

Newham council to ask residents and businesses to help it save £50 million next year

25 June 2015 in Council and democracy and Finance
Residents and businesses across Newham are to be asked their views this summer about how Newham Council can achieve the £50million savings it needs to make next year.
A meeting of Newham Council’s Cabinet today (25 June) backed plans to raise awareness of the council’s budget challenge and the issues it is facing. Later this summer residents will then be asked for their views on the difficult decisions the council needs to take.

The council needs to make £50 million savings to its budget in 2016/2017 as a result of continuing deep cuts in the funding it receives from the Government to deliver its services as well other cost pressures including rising demands on its services.

Over the past five years the council has already seen its Government funding cut by £106 million but has worked hard protect the services that matter most to residents.

The saving the council needs to make next year is more than it currently spends on street cleaning, waste collection, keeping the roads lit and running libraries combined. This means it will need to make tough decisions about the services it provides to residents and business across Newham.

Newham is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country but is being the hardest hit by the Government’s funding cuts. Next year the council will receive £284 less for every home in the borough, while Richmond Council, in a wealthier area of the capital, will only see its budget cut by £57 per home.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “This is the biggest challenge this council has faced and will have major implications for the support our community receives now and in the future.

“Local government looks after the most vulnerable but our residents are unfairly bearing the brunt of these continuing deep cuts in Government funding. We are being left to pick up the pieces by trying to balance our books while doing everything we can to continually improve our residents’ lives.

“We have to tackle this head on which will mean having to take difficult and unpopular decisions, but we need to ensure we prioritise the things that matter most to local people. This is why I will be urging every Newham resident to ensure they make their voice heard through our consultation over the summer.”

Information on Newham’s Budget Challenge will be available at the Mayor’s Newham Show, being held in East Ham’s Central Park, on High Street South, on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July.

Over the coming months people will be asked to sign up to receive more information about the consultation as it is announced. Residents will be able to find out more information and sign up by visiting www.newham.gov.uk/budgetchallenge