The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s budget for 2022/23 has been approved to deliver significant infrastructure upgrades, support our most vulnerable residents, and ensure the council continues to provide high quality services for all residents.
The budget, which was approved yesterday during Full Council, will significantly increase levels of investment and growth in key areas, and support delivery of the priorities of the council’s Corporate Plan.
Forming the basis of discussion yesterday and in recent weeks was the public consultation on the budget proposals, that amassed some 1,800 responses from residents, community groups and businesses.
Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, said: “Thanks to work over recent years to secure the council’s financial stability, we’re now well placed to drive forward an investment budget supporting the Corporate Plan.
“While maintaining the lowest Council Tax rate in Berkshire, and one of the lowest Council Tax rates in England, we’re investing significantly in children’s services and adult social care - two of the areas most impacted by demographic demand.
“As the Royal Borough returns to relative normality, and recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, this budget will support our residents, businesses, and communities, helping to create a sustainable borough of opportunity and innovation.
“I would like to reaffirm my gratitude to all who took part in the crucial budget consultation, and provided fantastic feedback, forming the basis of discussions.
“We were also able to have a good debate at scrutiny and cabinet about the proposals and now the budget is approved, we want to get on with its effective delivery.”
The Royal Borough’s key investment includes:
• £35 million in Adult’s Services
• £27 million in Children’s Services
• £18 million in town centre regeneration and improvements
• £7 million in developing our school estate
• £6 million in highways, road safety and active travel
• £5 million in Public Health
The portion of Council Tax which supports the Royal Borough’s council services will increase by 2.99% in 2022/23, made up of a 1.99% increase in the general charge and 1% increase in the social care precept. For a band D property, Council Tax will rise to £1,164.99, this equates to an increase of £33.82 – just 65p per week.
The Royal Borough remains as having one of the lowest Council Tax Band D charges in England and is the lowest in Berkshire.
More than 75% of funding for the council is from Council Tax paid by residents. The council also collects precepts on behalf of parishes, Thames Valley Police and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.