Brent Council have set a budget which sees a 4.99% rise in council tax in part to fund a £45m programme of independent living accommodation.
Budget plans include funding for adult social care, a council tax exemption for care leavers under the age of 25, as well as the £45.4 million on New Accommodation for Independent Living (NAIL) supporting and working with older residents to develop care suited to their needs, in a home environment alternative to traditional care homes, with 468 new places for people preferring to live in a more independent setting.
2% of the 4.99% council tax rise will be set aside for adult social care.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council said: “The council has worked extremely hard over recent years to become more efficient – including by using the latest technology and streamlining management – but put simply, significantly less money and more demand for what we do is putting huge pressure on the services we all value.
“As a result, Brent has made the difficult decision to increase council tax by 4.99%, delivering and saving services for an extra £1.37 a week for a Band D home. For the price of a cup of tea each week, the council can continue to maintain the local services that are vital to the lives of so many of us.”
The increase will allow the council to bring in an extra £5.4 million a year, whilst still requiring £12.9 million of savings to be made in order to deliver a balanced budget. This is in the face of £164 million of savings delivered since 2010, by the end of the 2018/19 financial year.