Local investment the focus of 2019/20 Council Budget

At last night’s full Council meeting (6 March), Councillors agreed next year’s Council Budget, including a wide-ranging programme of investment to improve the Borough.

The £296m the Council plans to spend next year includes extra for adult social care, children’s services and help for children with special needs, together with more investment in housing.

To invest in these services, meet growing demand and cover inflationary pressures, the Council agreed to increase council tax by 2.99% and apply the 2% social care levy for the third year of a three-year package. The levy partly meets the extra cost of providing social care to growing numbers of vulnerable older people.

“The increase in Council Tax is higher than we would like, but it reflects the need to maintain vital local services in the face of a range of financial challenges,” said Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of the Council. “We continue to work hard to find new and better ways to do things and plan ahead, to ensure we get maximum value from the money we spend.”

Next year’s Council Budget includes savings of £6m, most of which will be achieved through efficiencies, with no direct impact on local people.

The Mayor of London will be increasing his share of the Council Tax by 8.9%. This means that Bexley residents in a typical Band D property will see their Council Tax Bill increase to £1,678.88 a year.

Council Tax bills will go out across the borough from 20 March.

Bexley Council Tax 2019/20

Valuation Band

Bexley Element

Greater London Authority

Total Amount

A

£905.58

£213.67

£1,119.25

B

£1,056.52

£249.28

£1,305.80

C

£1,207.45

£284.90

£1,492.35

D

£1,358.37

£320.51

£1,678.88

E

£1,660.22

£391.74

£2,051.96

F

£1,962.11

£462.96

£2,425.07

G

£2,263.98

£534.18

£2,798.16

H

£2,716.74

£641.02

£3,357.76

 

Please note - Bexley Element includes the Adult Social Care Precept.