Over the next four years Bromley Council will need to make savings of nearly £60m out of a budget that currently totals around £200m. If you had to take that 30% out of the budget, how would you prioritise the many services the Council provides?
Bromley received the second lowest government grant (per head) in London but, because we are already a low spending council, we also have the lowest Council Tax in Outer London. However, central government is reducing funding to local government as part of the effort since 2010 to get the national finances back on an even keel, and the effect on councils is amplified by the commitment to protect NHS and education budgets.
Against this background, all councillors – including us here in Hayes and Coney Hall – are going to have the make some very difficult decisions.
Now you can tell the council what you think, either online here or at one of the two public meetings taking place:
20th November 7pm at Orpington Methodist Church, Sevenoaks Road BR6 9JH
28th November 11am at Bromley Civic Centre, Stockwell Close BR1 3UH