Council tax set to freeze as Sutton pledges more with less
Sutton Council has agreed no increase in council tax from April 2010. With no increase in the portion of council tax going to the Mayor of London either, Sutton taxpayers will see no increase to their bills this April.
At a full Council meeting on Mon 1 March the Council's budget for 2010/11 was agreed. This budget sets out the council's spending priorites for the forthcoming year. This web page describes some of the key budget issues and includes links to the leaders speech and the budget report document.
Following consultation with members of the public, Sutton's budget sets out how the council will make £4.1m of savings next year by reducing costs and working more efficiently. This will protect key front line services, in particular for the most vulnerable residents, and mean more money can be invested in priority areas.
The council will freeze social services charges for meals on wheels, home and day care, and the home alarm service to help vulnerable residents. Charges will also be frozen on parking to support local businesses. The council has also pledged to keep costs down by working even more closely with neighbouring boroughs, the police and the NHS, as well as residents and businesses.
Talking about the proposed Council Tax settlement Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said: "These budget proposals make sure that people do not have to pay more at a time they can least afford to. Over the last four years the council has made savings of over £20m, nearly all from working more efficiently. These changes to how we work mean we are now in a position to freeze council tax bills and still protect the services our residents need most. While the private sector is now recovering, the recession is starting to have a real impact on the public sector. We expect severe budget cuts from central government in the years ahead and so we will have to make tough choices.
"We will meet this challenge by making sure that we focus spending on the areas that matter most to our residents, being even more efficient and working with our partners to deliver excellent services at a lower cost.
"We feel a council tax freeze is the right decision in a difficult year. Despite greater demand for our services during the recession and a fall in income, we have worked hard on the finances to stop residents from having to pay more.
"Our residents confirmed that this was the right approach when we talked to them about our budget proposals before Christmas. People want us to drive down costs but protect frontline services. This budget will meet those demands."
Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010