The council has achieved the lowest council tax rise in Berkshire, no frontline service cuts and more investment in homes, schools and housing improvements in its new budget.
At full council on 22 February the budget was agreed. It means there will be:
- a £283m programme over six years
- more than £40m invested into school expansion and improvements
- an £18m investment into James Elliman Homes – to buy properties we can use for temporary accommodation for those finding themselves homeless
- a £17m investment in improving the council’s existing housing stock
- investment in two new hotels at the Heart of Slough, with a planning application already in, as part of a £12.8m spend on major regeneration projects this year
- an investment in the Thames Valley University site.
Rather than cutting frontline services, the council is taking almost £940,000 out of back office services.
The budget also includes more spending on adult social care (£1.3m), waste (£400,000) and housing and environment (£470,000).
The council has increased council tax by 1.5% which should raise around £800,000 to help tackle the rise in homelessness in Slough. There is also a 3% adult social care precept to help our older population and to provide the care they need, where they need it.
Along with the police and fire precepts, the total rise in council tax will be 98p a week for a band C household.
Cllr James Swindlehurst, Leader of Slough Borough Council said: “No-one likes paying more, but the £800,000 raised through this 1.5% increase will go some way to preventing homelessness and deal with the steep rise in temporary accommodation costs we are facing.
“I am proud to say we continue to invest in the future of Slough with £35million planned for improving and providing extra housing and over £25million set to be invested in the education of our children and young people.”