Newham residents urged to help council save £50 million next year
PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 June 2015
Residents and businesses across the borough will be asked their views this summer about how Newham Council can achieve the £50million savings it needs to make next year.
During a council cabinet meeting yesterday, councillors backed plans to raise awareness of the challenge the council faces in relation to the £50m savings it needs to make.
Later this summer residents will then be asked for their views on the difficult decisions the council needs to take.
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “This is the biggest challenge this council has faced and will have major implications for the support our community receives now and in the future.
“Local government looks after the most vulnerable but our residents are unfairly bearing the brunt of these continuing deep cuts in Government funding. We are being left to pick up the pieces by trying to balance our books while doing everything we can to continually improve our residents’ lives.”
Over the last five years, Newham Council has seen its government funding cut by £106m and according to a statement released by the council, the savings the borough needs to make next year is more than it currently spends on street cleaning, waste collection, keeping the roads lit and running libraries combined.
Sir Robin Wales, added: “We have to tackle this head on which will mean having to take difficult and unpopular decisions, but we need to ensure we proritise the things that matter most to local people.
“This is why I will be urging every Newham resident to ensure they make their voice heard through our consultation over the summer.”
Information on Newham’s Budget Challenge will be available at the Mayor’s Newham Show, being held in East Ham’s Central Park, on High Street South, on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July.
Over the coming months people will be asked to sign up to receive more information about the consultation as it is announced.
Residents will be able to find out more information and sign up by visiting newham.gov.uk/budgetchallenge