When the Liberal Democrats took control of Kingston Council last year, things were challenging to say the least.
Four years of Conservative financial mismanagement had left Kingston Council in a perilous position — heading for bankruptcy.
Priority number one for the Liberal Democrats was to put Kingston back on an even financial keel — and this year’s budget is the next step on this path.
Kingston Council Leader, Councillor Liz Green, describes the work they are doing,
“We have had to take tough but fair decisions — protecting the most vulnerable in our society.
Because of the mess we were left, and further cuts in funding from the Tory government, this budget involves making tough decisions including raising council tax. We expect the majority of London boroughs to follow suit.
Last year, the Tories didn’t take those difficult decisions in a cynical attempt to win an election — this was irresponsible and dangerous.
We are now cleaning up their mess, putting sound financial management before party-politics.”
In a budget which is being described by the Liberal Democrats as “grown-up” and “achievable”, they have put into action some of their key manifesto promises.
These include ambitious plans for a greener Kingston, improved support for vulnerable residents and devolution of power with residents at the heart of it.
Some stand out policies include:
- Starting the process of building a new dementia care home.
- Introducing free resident parking permits for those with electric and hybrid cars.
- Planting an additional 500 new trees this year.
- Employing an additional 8 community rangers who help keep our local areas tidy.
Liz Green continued, “We are continuing to work hard to bring financial stability to Kingston whilst delivering on our positive vision for Kingston: a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Borough.”
For more information, go to Council's Budget Report.