Your council tax - a message from Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council
We are ambitious for Sutton. Improving Sutton High Street and our district centres, local neighbourhoods and open spaces, building new energy-efficient council homes and creating the London Cancer Hub: these are just a few of the pioneering projects we’re delivering while continuing to do everything else you expect of your local council.
Our ambition is not being diminished by 10 years of Government austerity. But it does mean we need to do more with less. Since 2010 our core central Government funding has been reduced by more than 60% in real terms. For every £1 we got in 2010 we now get just 40p.
While we’re managing with less, more people than ever need our help. Almost two-thirds of our budget cares for older people, looks after vulnerable children, supports people with learning difficulties and helps those with physical disabilities live independently. Ten years of Government-imposed austerity means we’re often the final safety net for those most in need.
We are determined these challenges will not stop us achieving our ambitions. We’re proud that the majority of residents think we spend your council tax responsibly. We have already made savings of £96.4million since 2010 and the changes we’ve made will continue to save us money every year.
To help us deliver our shared ambitions, while delivering services for adults and children, we have taken the difficult decision to increase council tax this year. Council tax is increasing by 1.99%. This will help us cover our costs (due to rising prices) and contribute towards the increasing costs of caring for those who need us.
The Government has decided that, in order to manage the increasing costs and demands on adult social care, local authorities have to cover the funding gap themselves by taxing residents. We therefore have little choice but to also apply the Government’s 2% adult social care tax. This can only be used to support the most vulnerable older people in Sutton. This would not be necessary if the Government solved the national adult social care crisis. These two increases will mean Band D households will pay an extra 52p a week in council tax and 53p a week in adult social care tax.
This is not a decision we took lightly. Increasing council tax and using the adult social care tax is the only way we can raise the money we need to look after people in Sutton when they need us.
Your council tax protects those needing our care, while helping us deliver our ambitious projects to bring new jobs, homes and improvements to Sutton. I want to say a huge thank you for helping us ensure Sutton remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Councillor Ruth Dombey
Leader of Sutton Council
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