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Council agrees budget to help meet the growing needs of the borough

Kingston Council has agreed a budget that focuses resource on those who need it most, promotes independence and local democracy, as well as helping to improve air quality in the borough.

Kingston Council has agreed a budget that focuses resource on those who need it most, promotes independence and local democracy, as well as helping to improve air quality in the borough.

It was agreed at Full Council (26 February) to raise council tax by 2.99%, with an additional 2% to support Adult Social Care. The total increase in council tax for 2019-20 will be 4.99% and the council’s overall budget of £134.5m will be spent on vital services to support our vulnerable children and adults.

Despite having saved £57m over the last four years, we still face a tough financial challenge to meet the needs of a growing population and offset reducing funding from government. We need to save another £12.1m to balance our books.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Liz Green, said:

“Setting this year’s budget has been especially challenging as we look to balance competing demands for finite resources. It means we’ve had to make some tough decisions and we know that we can’t please everyone, but we have worked hard to be fair and to focus resource where it is needed most.

“We no longer receive any general funding from Government which means we are more reliant on local sources of funding such as council tax, business rates and income we can generate.

“The decision to raise council tax is always difficult and isn't taken without a great deal of thought, but given the limited ways of raising funds and the need to budget responsibly, we have little choice but to ask residents to pay a bit more for the services we deliver. On average that’s about £1.40 a week extra.

“Although we need to make savings, we'll still be investing in vital services including £3.8m more for adult’s and children’s social care, and delivering the key commitments we have promised. This includes providing more affordable housing through council building projects, increasing recycling and cutting emissions.

“We’ve planned for the future by putting an additional £3.5m into our reserves to deal with known and unexpected pressures and around half a million pounds as a contingency for increasing service demands and issues arising from Brexit.

“We are a new council administration with a clear vision and won’t always deliver services in the same way. We want to work with residents, communities and businesses to shape how we do things in the future.”

More information about council tax in 2019-20 can be found at www.kingston.gov.uk/counciltax and a booklet with further details will be sent to all homes in the borough starting from 4 March.

 

Band D - includes properties valued from £68,001 to £88,000 at 1991 values. The council tax for other bands is calculated as a proportion of Band D. More information on the council website.

Council Tax Band

Council Tax RBK

Council tax

GLA

Council Tax - most areas of the Borough

WPCC area precept

Council Tax - WPCC area

 

£

£

£

£

£

A

1,033.63

213.67

1,247.30

19.93

1,267.23

B

1,205.90

249.29

1,455.19

23.25

1,478.44

C

1,378.17

284.90

1,663.07

26.58

1,689.65

D

1,550.44

320.51

1,870.95

29.90

1,900.85

E

1,894.98

391.73

2,286.71

36.55

2,323.26

F

2,239.52

462.96

2,702.48

43.19

2,745.67

G

2,584.07

534.18

3,118.25

49.83

3,168.08

H

3,100.88

641.02

3,741.90

59.80

3,801.70

 

* The WPCC area is equivalent to 1567 Band D properties. The figures for Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators precept are provisional, pending confirmation of the levy from that body and the individual figures in the table may therefore change.