Croydon residents, businesses and partners are being invited to give their views on the council’s budget proposals for 2024/25.
A short online survey is available for six weeks until 19 December – read more and take part here. Residents who cannot access the survey online or would like help filling out the survey can call the council on 020 8726 6000.
Croydon Council provides hundreds of essential services for its communities, from protecting vulnerable children and caring for older adults, to bin collections, street cleaning and looking after leisure centres and libraries.
In 2024/25, Croydon is proposing a budget that will see the council spend around £400m providing the services that people rely on, while making £31m savings to get the council’s finances back on track. Croydon is also investing in transforming the way it provides services, so that the council becomes more efficient and provides value for money.
For 2024/25, Croydon is proposing a 2.99% increase in council tax which, combined with the 2% the government expects all councils to raise for adult social care, makes a total increase of 4.99%.
This works out to £1.73 a week for a Band D property and the proposed increase is in line with the government cap for all London boroughs. Croydon’s Executive Mayor Jason Perry has said he will not support any increase over the cap in 2024/25 or in future years.
Mayor Perry has said he wants to listen to local people before making any decisions on the council’s budget. The survey is an opportunity for them to share their priorities, their views on the budget proposals and any comments or ideas.
“When I was elected in May 2022 I promised I would fix the council’s finances, get Croydon back on track and restore pride in our borough. The government has said we are making strong progress and are heading in the right direction.
“The council’s budget proposals for next year build on this progress, with £31m of efficiencies to help the council live within its means and provide residents with value for money. Our plans set out how we will achieve these necessary savings, while continuing to provide hundreds of everyday services for our local residents.
“The scale of Croydon’s financial challenges – in particular the levels of debt I inherited – mean that there are difficult choices. Put simply, Croydon has to make savings if we are to become sustainable.
“Before we make any decisions I want to listen to local people, to understand their priorities and any comments or ideas on the council’s proposals. Please get involved today.”
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon