Budget 2020-21

Closes 19 Jan 2020

Opened 4 Nov 2019

Overview

Redbridge Council, like all councils across the country, has been facing ongoing central government cuts. This means we’ve needed to make savings of £167m since 2010. While our sound financial management and effective use of limited resources means we continue set a balanced budget, we estimate that the council still faces a £59.338m budget gap over the next 5 years.

Ongoing austerity measures have also brought unprecedented pressures in demand for services. We need to save £22.977m in 2020/21 to balance the books (of which £17.476m has now been identified) and we face huge uncertainty beyond 2021/22 because central government hasn’t informed us about our future funding arrangements.

Despite this, we are low-spending, high performing council that is still protecting frontline services, and focusing resources on the things that matter most to residents and continuing to invest despite significant reductions to our budget.

We have:

  • Been named as one of the best councils in the country for effectively spending money
  • Protected weekly bin collections, free bulky waste and green garden collections at a time when most London boroughs are reducing their services in these areas
  • Been shortlisted for council of the year
  • Been rated “outstanding” for Children’s Social Care
  • Taken top spot as the most productive council for adult social care
  • Delivered major health and wellbeing benefits by building new leisure centres  
  • Invested in keeping our streets clean and measures to improve safety and fight crime
  • Begun building council homes for the first time in a generation
  • Continued our anti-poverty work, including becoming a London Living Wage employer
  • Supported vulnerable children and adults through significant investment and smarter working  

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation seeks your views on how the council should manage the pressure of national budget cuts, maintain our record of high performance and deliver on the priorities that matter to our residents, which are set out in our Strategic Delivery Plan.

Our budget proposals set out our ambitions to deliver a responsible and balanced budget over the next two years.

Taken together, we expect these proposals to generate £5.197m of savings.

Before you respond to this consultation, you should read the full set of budget proposals.

Give Us Your Views

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All residents
  • Businesses
  • Community and Voluntary Sector
  • Schools
  • Neighbouring Boroughs
  • Providers

Interests

  • Budget