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Council tax set to rise in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 16:17 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:39 14 December 2017

Cllr Dominic Twomey is the council's deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and growth. Picture credit: LBBD.

Cllr Dominic Twomey is the council's deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and growth. Picture credit: LBBD.

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Council tax bills are set to rise and street cleaning could be cut back as the town hall tightens its belt to save £63million by 2021.

Come and have your say

The council is holding four meetings where residents can say where they think cuts should be made.

Meeting room one in Dagenham Library on January 10 from 5.00pm – 7.00pm, Conference suite in Barking and Dagenham College, Dagenham Road, on January 16 from 6.30pm – 8.00pm, Chadwell Heath Community Centre on January 17 from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

Barking and Dagenham Council made the announcement today as it launches a public consultation to allow resident to have their say on where savings should be made.

Proposals for next year’s budget includes increasing council tax by 4.99 per cent, reducing street cleaning in ‘low footfall’ areas to save £439,000 and saving £269,000 by axing the Summer Festival Programme which offers a catalogue of free events in the borough’s parks.

Councillor Dominic Twomey, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and growth, said: “Once again we are faced with increased pressure on our budget as a result of cuts in the grants we get from government. By 2020 the Government will have halved the amount of money they give us compared to 2010.

“However, we will continue to focus on improving the way we do things. We are doing everything possible to avoid having to reduce services and protect our most vulnerable residents.

Council tax is set to be increased by 4.99%. Picture credit: LBBD Council tax is set to be increased by 4.99%. Picture credit: LBBD

“It is very important that we hear the thoughts of local people before we set our budgets for next year. These are very challenging times with difficult decisions to be made and we want to make sure we get them right. That is why we are asking as many residents as possible to get involved.”

The 4.99 per cent predicted increase in council tax includes the government’s adult social care precept of 3pc which local authorities must use to fund support for the borough’s aging residents.

While it will raise an additional £1.6m the council currently spends £42m on adult social care which is 29% of its entire budget.

“We need to make some tough decisions to help us avoid cutting essential services while protecting our most vulnerable residents,” Cllr Twomey said.

The council currently spends 29% of its budget on adult social care. Picture credit: LBBD The council currently spends 29% of its budget on adult social care. Picture credit: LBBD

“But it’s hugely important local people make their views known and tell us what their priorities are before we go ahead and set our budget next year.”

“There is a lot more to do and more to be proud of – but we are more than ever determined that no-one will be left behind in our pursuit of growth for everyone.”

Click here to see the full budget proposals.

4 comments

  • Wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf Already so many cut backs in the wrong departments how are the people in control qualified to make such judjements my 2 year old could run certain things better than certain councillors wtf

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    Asif Umar

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • What a joke council tax should be scrapped full stop as people pay and nothing ever gets done streets are still like rubbish tips. I don't get what council tax is for if nothing gets done

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    Steven Guidotti

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • Well last year it went up the same amount and to be honest there has been no change in Barking and Dagenham, all I do is complain about the litter and the state of the roads front gardens, the area is an absolute crap hole these days and it upsets me to see. Yes to stopping the free park shows just charge a couple of quid per family to cover the cost , people don’t mind paying for evens that are good ie the Elvis even in Dagenham was really good . All I can say is I cannot wait to move out .

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    Perry Kinsey

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

  • Another year of increased costs and lessened services, wondered what we were paying for ten years ago, now it's just worse by the power of ten years. Why not just close down, there is no point to local government if all it does is takes money and gives little or nothing in return. We have or son will be lostlosing Libraries, Policing, Street Cleaning and Parks Maintenance, Green Bin Collection, Bulky Item (FREE) Collection and so many things, but we gain Higher Council Tax and more home building with the resultant higher population that need all the services that are already overstretched.

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    Benson Bear

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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