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Sutton Council agree budget for 2017 / 18

Cllr Simon Wales talks about the proposed budget for 2017 / 18.

Cllr Simon Wales, lead member for resources at Sutton Council, gives us some background on the proposed budget for 2017 /18.

Sutton Council agreed its 2017/18 budget at Council on Monday 6 March.

Councillors approved a 1.99 per cent increase to council tax rates in Sutton. The Council will also implement an additional two per cent rise in council tax as allowed by central government to help fund the growing costs of adult social care, bringing the total rise to 3.99 per cent for 2017/18.

Cllr Simon Wales, Lead Member for Resources at Sutton Council, said:

“Sutton Council, like all others across the country, is under increasing pressure to balance the books. We continue to see cuts in our funding from central government whilst at the same time they transfer more services to our responsibility. We are responding positively to this challenge, working with our partners to try and safeguard the high-quality services that residents value and expect.

“We understand even a modest increase in council tax will put pressure on hard-squeezed family budgets. Households on low incomes will be given help to pay. The Band D Sutton council tax bill will rise by 93p a week – this will help safeguard essential services for the most vulnerable in our community.

“This budget demonstrates Sutton is confident, capable and forward-thinking. We have done all we can to save as much money as possible, to help keep council tax as low as possible. Our new bin collection service will help us save an average of £1.3m annually over the next eight years, £10.3m over the period. This is a large amount, but is not even sufficient to cover the additional costs of supporting local children and young people where we are adding £1.8m per annum from 2017/18, bringing our total annual budget for those services to over £44m. ”

Like all local authorities Sutton continues to experience a significant reduction in central government funding. It will receive over £9m less in 2017/18 than in 2016/17. The Council’s budget proactively addresses this shortfall and identifies potential savings that will help protect essential front-line services.

To help achieve further savings the Council is inviting residents and businesses in Sutton to Join the Conversation with itself and partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors to help maintain ensure taxpayers’ money is spent wisely, efficiently and effectively. You can take part by visiting www.sutton.gov.uk/suttonplan or by searching the hashtag #TakePartMakeChange on Twitter.