Harlow Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 were published earlier this week!
The Administration’s budget for 2018/19 will be recommended to Cabinet next Thursday (25 January 2017) and Council on 1 February 2018.
Despite the Council having to balance its budget to meet ongoing cuts in its funding from the Government, the proposals include:
• No Council Tax increase for 2018/19 – a Band C home will continue to pay £4.65 a week for Harlow Council services.
• £1m one-off investment to improve the look of and to tidy up neighbourhoods and estates across the town.
• Long-term funding for both the Playhouse and for Pets’ Corner.
• Funding to employ three permanent community safety officers to work in shopping centres.
• Funding for an annual street carnival.
• Fees in Council-owned car parks frozen for the fifth year running.
• One-hour free parking to continue in neighbourhood shopping centres and in the Town Park.
• No compulsory redundancies.
• No increases in allowances for Councillors.
In 2018/19 £1m of savings are proposed by the Administration.
The proposals also set out the Council’s housing budget. A one percent rent reduction for tenants will be met while continuing to protect housing services and making plans to build more Council housing. The average weekly housing rent will go down from £91.73 to £90.74. There is also funding being put aside for any further fire safety measures to Council tower blocks once the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry has concluded.