Your Council Tax and Business Rates for 2019-20 and our performance and spending plans

A letter from the Leader of the Council

Dear Resident

Kensington and Chelsea is a great place to live and work, and a wonderful place to visit. I know we all want to see this maintained, and wherever possible, enhanced.

Once again the council has agreed an annual budget that we believe is fair, balanced and informed by you, our residents. It addresses the financial challenges we face, whilst investing in the services that are most important to you.

In recent months, we conducted one of the largest conversations we have ever had with our communities and your views will be at the very heart of our four-year plan for the future of Kensington and Chelsea.  Thank you for taking part.

You battled the winter drizzle to attend events and meetings, spent time completing forms and surveys, made contact with your local councillors and engaged with us digitally through social media and our website.

Well over 2,000 people from every part of the borough provided over 5,000 comments and ideas through these forums – and more engagement is planned for the future.

All of your comments and ideas matter to us.

So, we will be building more social housing and improving and repairing our own council homes.

We will be focussing on education so that young people have the best start in life and we will be making sure everyone can get access to employment and new skills.

We will be tough on anti-social behaviour and look at every possible way we can tackle the causes of crime, working with the police to make sure people feel safe.

Like you, I want a borough that is a great place to live, work and learn, a place that is healthy, clean and safe, and a place that is great to explore and that visitors want to come to.

Setting our budget has been a difficult task. All councils are facing economic and financial uncertainty. So we will be campaigning for greater freedom over how we collect money and spend money.

Nationally, there is a shift in local authority funding with less reliance on Government support and a greater reliance on income generated locally. In addition, next year there will be a new funding formula for local government and we are concerned that Londoners may lose out.

This creates uncertainty for us all. We are planning for this and we already know that we will have to reduce our spending by £40m - which is a quarter of our expenditure - over the next three years.  We will, however, continue to commit funding and support to those affected by the Grenfell Tragedy two years ago – with a £50m Grenfell Recovery strategy.

Making savings will mean facing up to difficult choices and making those choices with our communities. We won’t shirk from this responsibility, and we welcome the interactions we have had with our residents so far.

I want you to know that being accountable, and being honest, will be at the heart of our relationship with you.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth Campbell signature

Elizabeth Campbell
Leader, Kensington and Chelsea Council

 

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