Residents, community groups and businesses are invited to take part in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s consultation on our proposed budget, which runs from today until Monday 31 January.
The proposed budget for 2022/23 is an investment budget that seeks to deliver significant infrastructure upgrades, support our most vulnerable residents, and ensure the council continues to provide high quality services for all residents.
Following robust budgets in February 2020 and February this year, the proposals aim to significantly increase levels of investment and growth into key areas, and to support delivery of the priorities of the Corporate Plan.
Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, said: “This is an investment budget which matches the newly-adopted Corporate Plan and supports our vision going forward.
“This year’s proposed budget looks to the future with investment at its heart. 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 most impacted areas by demographic demands.
“There is a focus on thriving communities and inspiring places, as we’re undertaking extensive rejuvenation and regeneration programmes – most notably, of Maidenhead town centre, Ascot and the Windsor public realm. We’re also investing heavily in our flood prevention measures and Climate Partnership.
“The past two years have been challenging. Like many other councils up and down the country, we have had to make some difficult decisions. These decisions have stabilised our financial position and addressed those issues needed for longer term financial sustainability.”
Councillor Johnson added: “As part of our commitment to sustaining a borough where residents’ voices are heard, we’re holding a public consultation. I would encourage you to take part, share your thoughts with us on our proposals and we welcome ideas if you think there are other ways we can deliver the services that matter to you.”
The consultation runs from today until Monday 31 January. Feedback from the public consultation will help inform discussions when the draft budget is debated at Full Council on Tuesday 22 February 2022.
To take part in the budget consultation visit https://rbwmtogether.rbwm.gov.uk/budget-consultation. Paper copies of the consultation are also available in libraries across the Borough.