On Monday we passed a new budget for the Council for the year ahead.
The budget focuses on our priorities of making Brent a fairer borough, bringing more jobs and growth to Brent and strengthening our community.
In particular it focuses on increasing the living standards of our poorest residents, putting in place the foundations for a stronger economy that will provide more jobs that pay a decent wage and ensuring our fantastic young people don't miss out as a result of the recession and austerity.
The key parts of the budget are:
- Freezing Council Tax again this year and announcing plans to do the same next year - saving the average family over £330 during the course of our administration.
- Reducing parking charges across the borough. The first 15 minutes will now cost just 20 pence, and parking will be cheaper no matter how long you stay.
- A new energy switching scheme which could save you up to £200 off your energy bills. You can find out more and sign up here.
- Becoming a Living Wage borough. We will pay all staff the Living Wage, and will extend this to our contractors. We are also working with businesses in Brent to get them to do the same because everyone deserves to be able to survive on their wages.
- The biggest school places building program in Brent's history. Over £47 million to improve our schools this year.
- £2 million of funding to the voluntary sector and a new strategy to support them to grow and help our community.
- A new scheme to support vulnerable families in Brent.
I am committed to ensuring that your Council will be on your side during these difficult times. The Government has severely cut our funding - it was cut by a third between 2010 and 2014. But this won't stop us fighting for a better standard of living for our residents and a brighter future for Brent.