We are all working hard to make Croydon a better place to live, work and visit. But we do have financial challenges.
Central government grants make up about half of the budget we have to provide services for you. But over the last six years these grants have reduced by 50%. This is shown in the graph below.
We have already made huge savings. Some ways we have done this are:
- to look at the way we work making changes, improvements and efficiencies
- moving more services online
- rationalising our buildings and moving staff to work together.
But, unfortunately, the combination of reduced grant funding from central government plus increased demand for many of our services, means we expect to have to make 26million in savings over the next three years
You can read more about the budget challenges in the blog from Cllr Tony Newman - Leader of Croydon Council.
Croydon provides services to its 363,378 residents. (Census 2011)
There is a real variety, for example social care for adults and children, housing, planning, leisure, street cleaning, education, public health, community safety, street lighting and many more.
Our budget is spent across the three main teams we work in - People (who look after the people of Croydon) Place (who look after Croydon) and Resources (who support and enable the People and Place departments to deliver their services).
More information about our budget is in the Cabinet papers. (Item 8 - Budget 2016/17)
The future of our budget
Our future budget will be discussed at Cabinet on 22 February and Council on 29 February 2016.
You can see the agenda and papers here:
You are welcome to attend but if you can't then you can watch the meeting live here or follow us on twitter @yourcroydon using #croydonlive.