Merton’s Cabinet Recommends Budget

Merton Council’s Cabinet have recommended the 2007/2008 council budget at a meeting at the Civic Centre on Thursday 11 January 2007.

Proposals include increasing council tax by 3.6% for 2007/2008 to ensure that the council’s budget is balanced and that services are safeguarded.

There will now be a six-week review by scrutiny of the recommended budget. The Cabinet intends to make its final decision on the budget to be recommended to council for adoption on 26 February 2007. Full Council will receive the Cabinet’s recommendations and vote to adopt a budget on 7 March 2007.

If the budget recommended by Cabinet is approved by full council, the increase in Merton’s Band D charge for council tax would be 3.6%, an additional £36.50 for the full year. This would be in line with the increase in State Pensions from 1 April 2007.

Cllr Samantha George, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said: ‘This proposal will safeguard services in Merton. whilst still allowing the council to deliver a balanced budget. We face some major challenges this year, such as a £5.5m shortfall in the Adult Social Care budget. Whilst no one likes to see increases in council tax, we are working hard to make the council more efficient, and the proposed below inflation increase is necessary to ensure residents get the services they deserve.’