Six years of cuts by central government to local authority budgets across the UK has meant Brent Council has needed to find new ways to maintain services, with some difficult decisions made along the way.
Despite growing demand for local services from an increasing and ageing population, the funding that Brent Council receives from the Government is set to fall even further.
Rather than cut vital services, which residents rely on, the council is consulting on its budget including a proposal to raise council tax by 3.99 percent to help plug the gap left by the government’s cuts.
As well as showing how the council plans to raise income to balance the books the budget details spending plans for 2017/18.
Key areas include everything from investment in making Brent cleaner and safer, rubbish and recycling collection, boosting jobs and skills to protecting the vulnerable, increasing council housing, maintaining parks and open spaces and giving every child the best start in life.