The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s budget for 2020/21 has been approved which will ensure it can continue supporting its most vulnerable residents.
The budget will future proof the council and allow it to focus on ensuring it provides vital services for adults and children as well as deliver innovative and transformational programmes.
Residents will see an increase of 3.99% of Council Tax which includes 2% for the adult social care precept, which is an overall increase of 79.5p per week for a band D property.
Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, says: “We have worked hard to ensure that we continue to be a low Council Tax authority but one which firmly adopts the principle of the user pays, so our tax payers do not have to subsidise non-core council services for those who can afford it.
“We are continuing to invest in supporting our most vulnerable residents and addressing broader policies, such as climate resilience, which is now driving our response in areas such as parking.
“We want to create a borough of opportunity and innovation by delivering some key projects including a radical programme of transformation across all council services as well as driving up levels of recycling and the roll-out of electric vehicle charging points to support the climate change agenda.
“We want to create opportunity for all, especially with the building of new homes in Maidenhead. We will continue with our regeneration programme across the borough with a specific focus in Maidenhead through the joint venture partnerships with Countryside and Cala. We will also ensure that work is carried out in Windsor to deliver economic growth with our new VisitWindsor partnership as well as developing our leisure facilities and transport offering borough wide.
“We have had good debate at scrutiny and cabinet about the proposals and now the budget is approved, we want to get on with its delivery and ensure that the council becomes innovative and forward thinking.”
The budget was voted through on a majority named vote at Full Council on Tuesday 25 February 2020.