Kingston Council gets to work on getting its finances right

Members approved a number of revisions to the Council’s 2018/19 budget to strengthen the borough’s financial position and reflect the new Administration’s priorities.

In February the Council set a budget reliant on a package of ambitious savings in order to balance the books. The new Administration is now working to mitigate the risks of non-delivery of these savings and is looking at alternative ways to shore up the Council's finances. 

Speaking about the budget, Leader of the Council, Councillor Liz Green said:

"The current budget leaves very little room for manoeuvre. We've made some in-year revisions so that we can start delivering the things we know are important to our communities - specifically improvements in our responsiveness to their needs and action on environmental concerns. 

"This year we're going to double the number of rangers and neighbourhood managers working in the community to support local people. We're going to plant 500 trees to help improve air quality and we're going to install a network of new public drinking fountains across the borough to help reduce our reliance on single-use plastic.

"We're already thinking about 2019/20 and know there are some tough choices ahead to keep the council's finances on track and deliver on our manifesto commitments." 

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