Budget proposals for the next three years published

Barnet Council Press Release unaltered)

Barnet Council has published its budget proposals for the coming three years.

The papers are published ahead of a Cabinet meeting on December 13. If the proposals are agreed at Cabinet the council will begin a period of consultation.

The council now expects to have to make savings of £43.1 million over the next three years to cope with a reduction in its overall income from central government.

The proposals include no rise in council tax in 2011/12.

Since publishing its budget outline on October 20, the council has added an additional £2.5 million to its child protection budget to support work in prevention and to cope with a rise in referrals to child protection. There will however be an equivalent drop in the budget for children’s centres.

The council has also reinstated £900,000 in its adult social services budget to support funding for the voluntary sector. The money was to be withdrawn in 2012/13.

The council will also establish a £200,000 “Big Society Fund”. This has been made possible by a reduction in the size of the senior management team in the council.

Cllr Lynne Hillan, Leader of Barnet Council said: “It has been very clear from our consultation with residents that they understand the need to make savings in our budget and that they want as many of these savings as possible to come from improvements in efficiency. We’re already one of London’s most efficient councils but we expect around half of these savings to come from still more efficiency savings.

“However that means that there will be a real reduction in some services over the coming years – there is no hiding that.

“Our priority in preparing this budget is safeguarding, protecting vulnerable adults and children, and that will mean some other services will have a disproportionate reduction in funding. Our challenge is to look at new ways of providing many of these services with reduced budgets.”


2 Responses to “Budget proposals for the next three years published”

  1. Maggie Airey Says:

    So much for the “good news”! When/where will we find details of these cuts, which apparently we all support while having no idea where they will fall?

  2. Ampers Says:

    Well, first of all, these aren’t cuts but proposals, although I would hazard a guess they will turn into cuts later if people don’t get on to the council putting their points of view over!

    Secondly, the freezing of council taxes is due to an order put out by Cameron to all the Conservative councils.

    One good thing which might come out from all this is that people, instead of sitting in front of their TV every night, might actually stir themselves for doing something for their community – but I am not holding my breathe!

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