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Report from Mayor Philip Glanville – Jan - Feb 2017

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Welcome to my January – February Mayor’s Report.

Dear Member,

Welcome to my January – February Mayor’s Report.

This month has been dominated by finalising the Council’s budget and responding to some of the challenges we face around business rates reevaluation, threats to the local NHS and the MOPAC consultation on policing (update next month).

Hackney has been one of the boroughs hit hardest by Tory austerity measures. Since 2010, the Council has had to find £152 million to balance its annual budget, due to cuts to the grants we receive from Government, and rising cost pressures of £42m. More cuts in future years mean that from 2010/11 to 2020/21, the Government’s annual grant to Hackney will have fallen by £139m, a drop of 45%. We have to pass a balanced budget, but in the decisions we make, including to increase Council Tax, we will always focus on how we can preserve services, especially for the most vulnerable. I go into more detail on the budget below.

While we have to make difficult decisions, we can’t manage decline, that’s why the budget I’m proposing also commits us to: invest in our streets and parks, maintain and expand our supply of council homes, build the new schools we need, invest in our leisure centres and take the long term-decisions we need to improve and grow our town centres. I have also taken the time to meet with representatives of the borough’s voluntary sector about the difficulties they face and we have to work together on regeneration, young people and employment and skills.

Best wishes and apologies that I can’t be at the GMs this month hope to see you on the ‘Keep our NHS Public March’ on 4th March, 

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The full report from Mayor Philip Glanville for Jan  & Feb 2017 can be downloaded here

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