Reading Borough Council continues to face the challenge of the most difficult budget position in its history. Demand for key Council services – like caring for vulnerable adults and children – is rising at a time of unprecedented and sustained cuts in funding for Local Government nationally.
In Reading, Government funding will have been cut from £58 million between 2010 and 2020, leaving the Council with a Government grant of under £2 million. 75 pence of every £1 of business rates collected locally now leaves the town and goes to Central Government. The ongoing budget gap means the Council is continuing to have to make difficult decisions in every service area.
We are now considering changes to our Council Tax Support Scheme (CTS) for 2018 to identify further savings where we can. This is just one of many options the Council will have to make decisions about. The Council will make a final decision at the end of February 2018.
Have your say and help us shape any potential changes to our scheme, should we need to make them, early in April 2018, by completing our consultation questionnaire.
We need to hear from you to ensure that we make the best possible use of the money we have available while still providing some support to those on lower incomes.