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Budget consultation 2019 to 2020

The council continues to put the needs of its residents at the heart of everything it does and has a strong record of successfully delivering balanced budgets whilst maintaining and improving the services that matter to you.

Like all local authorities, Hillingdon has suffered substantial reductions in Central Government funding over a number of years at a time when a population rising at both ends of the age spectrum has resulted in an increase in demand for central services.

Despite this, our sound financial management has meant that you have not seen a rise in your council tax in the last 10 years (12 years for the over 65s) and we have not levied the social care precept of two or three per cent a year since its introduction three years ago.

In comparison with the rest of the country, last year the average combined council tax and social care precept increase was 5.1 per cent, with London authorities averaging 3.66 per cent. Hillingdon was one of only two London authorities to not raise council tax or levy a precept.

As regards the coming financial year 2019/20, we will, for a fourth consecutive year, not levy a social care precept and council tax for those over the age of 65 will again be frozen. Council tax for other residents will only be increased at a maximum of 90 per cent of what our three neighbouring boroughs increased their tax by in 2018/19 (Ealing, Harrow and Hounslow). This would mean a 2.40 per cent increase, which is around 51p a week for a Band D property.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: "We ensured that all residents were able to benefit from a council tax freeze for a decade, which was remarkable given the wider financial climate. Funding pressures, which are out of the council's control, are not going away and are in fact increasing, which has meant that we have needed to carefully review next year's budget.

"Having built up record levels of financial reserves, we are able to continue to weather the storm but raising council tax by this small amount will contribute £2.7 million a year towards maintaining services and fund care for those who need our help."

There will also be further investment in facilities and services, including: 

  • additional funding to support extended CCTV operating hours
  • increased support for the local voluntary sector
  • significant funding to maintain local highways
  • Ruislip Lido improvement works
  • a new swimming pool in the Yiewsley/West Drayton area
  • refurbishment of libraries and leisure centres

Have your say

Have your say via a short survey

The deadline for comments is midnight on Sunday 20 January 2019.

If you have any problems accessing the online survey or would like to receive a paper copy of the survey, please contact the Customer Engagement team on 01895 277038 or email customerengagement@hillingdon.gov.uk.

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Article utilities:  Bookmark and Share Print Print this page Last updated: 18 Dec 2018 at 10:37