Enfield Council sets budget
Published Monday, 04 March 2013
Enfield Council has confirmed it has frozen Council Tax from April, for the fourth year in succession.
The Full Council meeting on 27 February agreed to freeze Members allowances for the third year running, and set council tax for residents living in a Band D property at £1,403.34 in 2013/14.
The Council has also set up a hardship fund to support the borough's poorest people who are struggling to make ends meet as a result of the government’s welfare reforms.
The Council undertook an extensive consultation with residents on the budget proposals to ensure as many people as possible had a chance to have their say. The Budget Consultation was published in ‘Our Enfield’, the council's magazine, which is delivered to all homes in the borough; it was also presented at Area Forums and Scrutiny Panels.
The top priorities for local people were adult social services, road maintenance, street cleaning, lighting, waste collection and recycling. These services will continue to be protected in line with residents’ wishes.
Enfield Council has also agreed to increase rents on council properties by an average of 3.9%. This rise is one of the smallest in London. Weekly rent levels will be £77.35 for a one bed bedsit rising to £153.88 for a six bedroom house to ensure that rents remain affordable for all residents.
Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, Cllr Andrew Stafford said: "We're making sure that every penny counts during these tough economic times to protect and deliver the vital services our residents need in the face of incredibly challenging economic conditions.
“We are saving over £13 million in 2013/14 without affecting front line services, but we really cannot continue to slash expenditure without it influencing services at some time in the near future.
“We are doing everything we can to protect residents from hardship by freezing Council Tax, but we are expecting further government cuts in 2014/15 and this means we are going to have to make some incredibly difficult decisions very soon about where our spending priorities lie.
“We need to wait until the information becomes available on the government’s next Comprehensive Spending Review, and until then we will continue to steer a steady course financially for Enfield .”
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