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Budget for Westminster Council approved

  • March 13, 2024
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Budget for Westminster Council approved

Westminster City Council has voted on its budget for 2024/25. The budget allocates funding towards the council’s efforts to combat inequalities across the borough by offering “vital support” to those struggling with the cost of living. It also funds new initiatives to “tackle the climate and ecological emergencies,” and addressing the gap in funding to “sustain temporary accommodation for people facing homelessness.”

Investments put forward in the budget include an additional £1m to the council’s Cost of Living Support Fund and an £1 million extension of the Council’s Rent Support Fund. This will bring the total funding to support foodbanks, charities, and residents struggling the most to £21million.

£450,000 will be allocated to tackle the “ecological emergency” in Westminster and £1.2 million to increase the hourly rate for workers in the social care sector by an additional £1.50 per hour.

£1 million will be put towards establishing a new mobile CCTV network to address anti-social behaviour, waste and nuisance noise, and £750,000 to enhance the borough’s waste and cleansing resources and keep the city streets clean.

The cabinet has also recently approved the continuation of its 100% Council Tax Support scheme for 2024/25 which means households most in need can apply for full relief from council tax. Westminster is among a few local authorities in the capital to continue to offer a 100% Council Tax Support scheme in 2024/25. This support has also been extended to foster carers in Westminster.

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