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Enfield Council launches budget consultation

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30 October 2017

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Enfield Council wants to hear residents’ views and priorities as it starts the task of setting its budget for 2018/19 against a backdrop of needing to find savings of £35 million by 2019/20.


• Residents asked to state their budget priorities
• Council has saved £161million since 2010 and needs to find £35 million more by 2019/20
• Savings needed are greater than the Council’s annual spend on cleaning streets, collecting bins and lighting streets
 
Enfield Council wants to hear residents’ views and priorities as it starts the task of setting its budget for 2018/19 against a backdrop of needing to find savings of £35 million by 2019/20.
 
The Council has already had to make savings of £161 million since 2010 because of significant reductions in government funding and acknowledges that extremely difficult decisions will need to be made. Residents’ views will help to shape those decisions and choose the way the Council responds to the financial challenges it faces.
 
Cllr Dino Lemonides, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance & Efficiency, said: “Because of the huge amount of savings we have already found since 2010 there are no easy options for the Council.
 
“To give residents an indication of the scale of the challenge we face, the further savings that need to be found are greater than our current combined spend on cleaning streets, collecting bins and lighting streets.
 
“While we remain committed to finding new and innovative ways of providing services to minimise the cost burden on residents, the scale of the financial challenges we face mean efficiencies are no longer enough. We want to hear residents’ views not only on their priorities for investment and reduction but also suggestions for raising income to try and mitigate the worst impact of funding cuts and increased pressures.
 
”However, despite the challenges we face, we remain hugely ambitious for the borough and are committed to creating a fairer Enfield, providing greater opportunities and stronger communities for all.”
 
This year, Enfield Council will spend around £1 billion on public services. Much of this amount is ring-fenced for spend on specific services such as schooling and housing benefit payments.
 
As a result, Enfield Council is limited in its scope as to where it can make savings; the ring-fenced budgets, accounting for over 50% of Enfield Council’s income, cannot be touched.
 
In addition, an increasing population puts more strain on our services. It is estimated that Enfield’s population now stands at 330,000 and it could grow to as much as 354,300 by 2021.
 
To access the consultation, please visit the webpage here