Mayor of Newham sets out spending proposals
17:43 12 February 2016
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Newham Council will invest £100million into keeping the borough moving over the next decade, under proposals unveiled by the mayor.
Sir Robin Wales has announced the council’s spending plans following an extensive public consultation that received more than 3,600 responses.
The proposals include £38m of savings, income generation and other efficiencies that mean no front-line council services will need to be cut in the next financial year.
The eight week consultation, which took place in the summer, showed that supporting vulnerable adults was high on the list of priorities.
Sir Robin has accepted the government’s two per cent care tax, which is set to be added to the council tax bill and is estimated will raise £1.3m a year until 2020.
However, because the Olympic tax to fund the 2012 games is expected to end this April and Newham’s share of council tax is to once again be frozen, the combined effect means residents will pay slightly less.
Sir Robin said “The under-funding of our most vulnerable citizens is a grotesque dereliction of duty from the government.
“Those who can best afford it should pay more. It is outrageous that a pensioner in Plaistow will pay more than a millionaire in Mayfair.”
Spending proposals include £100m to improve Newham’s roads, footpaths and streetlights over the next ten years, an extra £250,000 for teams to encourage cleanliness and recycling, and £1m in a dedicated fly-tipping enforcement team.
The council is also looking to introduce a borough-wide parking zone and will continue to invest in its Workplace scheme and the improvement of the borough’s private rental sector.
Sir Robin said: “We have faced millions of pounds of cuts from central government which disproportionately target the areas of highest need.
“Our decisive actions means we have met this challenge while still freezing council tax, not cutting front line services and investing in innovative schemes to give our residents the same opportunities as those in wealthier parts of London.”
The proposals will be discussed on Thursday’s cabinet meeting, who will make recommendations for the final decision, which will be taken by full council the following Monday.