Merton agrees budget

Merton agreed its budget for 2012-13 at full council on Wednesday 7 March.

The balanced budget will mean residents will benefit from the council freezing the Merton element of their council tax. It also ensures that services for the vulnerable are protected as much as possible, as well as the statutory services the council provides to keep the borough a good place to live.

Merton’s priorities also include the services it provides to older people, keeping the streets clean, protecting the local environment, and maintaining the borough as a good place for young people to go to school and grow up. It will continue its free bulky waste collection service, weekly street sweeping, food waste collection and CCTV service. Libraries, parks, paddling pools, children’s centres and Morden Park Leisure Centre are all protected under with this budget.

Merton cabinet member for finance, Councillor Mark Allison, said: “Merton will continue to keep its residents and their needs at the forefront of decisions as much as we can, while providing best value for money possible.

“For this coming year, we have made savings by getting a better deal from our suppliers, becoming more efficient in the way we deliver our services, and working with other councils to share costs. Further savings will need to be made through changes to services.

“This way, the council is ensuring we all continue to enjoy the benefits of living in Merton as a clean and well-run place, while making sure we always provide quality services that meet the needs of the community. We always strive to get the balance right between keeping costs down and spending on services for local people.”

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Find out more about Merton’s budget 2012-13 at:

http://www.merton.gov.uk/budget