Search

Bexley cabinet meeting amid final stages of budget-making process

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:36 08 February 2018

Bexley Cllr Don Massey. Picture: Archant

Bexley Cllr Don Massey. Picture: Archant

Archant

Bexley’s cabinet reviewed the success of the council’s medium term financial strategy and continuing economic challenges at a meeting on January 29.

Bexley’s cabinet reviewed the success of the council’s medium term financial strategy and continuing economic challenges at a meeting on January 29.

The council’s annual budget-making process is entering its final stages, leading up to the approval of the budget and council tax for 2018/19 on March 7.

Council leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said: “Our focus is on living within our means and making sure we use the money we have to deliver the maximum benefit for the borough and our residents.

“People know that the economy is going through a challenging period, but we will continue to show that we can do a lot of good with the money we have.

“We are also continuing to plan carefully for the future and ensure we put money aside to cope with the unexpected.”

The gradual withdrawal of government grant means that Bexley must be financially self-sufficient from 2020/21.

Like many other councils, Bexley faces significant spending pressures, including the cost of homelessness, together with increased demand for adults’ and children’s services.

Since 2011, Bexley has achieved considerable success in finding new and better ways to deliver services, such as developing a new model of care for people with learning disabilities; forming a closer partnership to deliver better outcomes for vulnerable children; the creation of Belvedere Beach with external funding; new community libraries and continued savings resulting from the council’s move to new offices.

Becoming self-sufficient is now central to the council’s financial planning.

Work continues to generate income through commercial activities, improve the way services are commissioned, intervene early to prevent care needs escalating, promote economic growth and work strategically with a growing range of public and private partners.

Cllr Don Massey, desputy leader of the council, said: “We focus on improving the things we can control and I’m proud of what we’veachieved both in balancing the budget and improving services.

“We’ve gained a great reputation for managing our budget, attracting inward investment, innovating and woking with others to improve the borough - and that’s what we plan to keep doing.”

You can view a webcast of the cabinet’s discussion and access the budget papers online, at http://bexley.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bexley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bexley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bexley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Bexley news

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Controversial plans to open an African restaurant for 18 hours a day next to retirement homes have been refused by councillors.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Welling church was delighted to present representatives from the emergency services with cheques totalling an amazing £6,054 after its annual teddy bear charity appeal.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Following the incredible sell-out stage success of Not Dead Enough, The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the number one best-selling author Peter James is back with a spine-tingling new world premiere play, The House On Cold Hill, coming to the Orchard Theatre in January.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A police officer based in Bexley has been served a final warning after he allegedly placed a man in a choke hold during a fight.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bexley’s NHS services will receive more than £900,000 of extra funding this winter to help alleviate growing pressures on our hospitals, the Department for Health announced yesterday (Wednesday, October 17).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

People who live, work and travel across Kent, Thurrock, Essex and beyond are being invited to shape plans for Britain’s biggest road tunnel as Highways England hostrf the first of 60 public engagement events on the multi-billion pound Lower Thames Crossing project this week (Tuesday 16 October).

Most read news

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bexley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24