It is budget time again and theBALANCE is back with a budget special, keeping residents informed about the main challenges facing the borough and how the council is tackling them.
This month’s instalment leads with an assessment of the borough’s budget, outlining the challenges that the council faces in balancing the books against a background of enduring cuts to local authority funding from the Government.
The write-up of the council’s financial plan looks at where and how the savings are to be made, through being smarter about how services are provided rather than removing them completely. It touches on some of the tough choices having to be made by the council, and how it plans to address the borough’s priorities of reducing inequality, driving growth that benefits all and constructing strong & sustainable communities in the coming years.
Issue 18 also looks at Lambeth council’s campaign against the business rates revaluation due to start on 1 April next year, a renewed crackdown on enviro-crimes, recognition of the council’s work on reducing food poverty and the Safer Lambeth Partnership’s new Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
For something a little lighter, there’s Zoopla’s new “hipster heat map” and a piece highlighting the most entrepreneurial boroughs in the capital.
And if all of that isn’t enough, then you can also catch up on readers’ feedback on the issues raised in the last edition, and from all previous editions, of theBALANCE.
Read the latest edition of theBALANCE here.