Continued pressure on the council’s budget as a result of further reductions in government funding, increased demand for services particularly for vulnerable people, rising prices and new burdens from government legislation means that despite proposing savings of over £8m next year, council tax is set to rise in Sutton for 2018/19.
In the year ahead, costs including adult social care and children’s safeguarding are anticipated to rise by £8.1m. Inflation will further increase costs by £3.6m and the council will face a further £4m (8%) cut in government funding.
While savings of £8.1m have been identified, Sutton Council is proposing to use the government’s additional council tax precept for adult social care of 2% to contribute to the extra costs of adult care for the elderly because central government is not funding this nationally. A further 1.99% rise will also be recommended to Full Council for 2018/19 to cover the remaining inflationary costs and budget pressures.