This week Chancellor Philip Hammond produced his last budget before we exit the European Union. There were plenty of tricks in his Red Box.

Some were good, like his support for the Long Live the Local campaign led by the British Beer and Pub Association, which resulted in a .a freeze on Beer Duty Tax and greater business rate relief for smaller local pubs.

This month Havering Council have contacted all Council Tax Support Applicants regarding proposals to change the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2019. Current changes are being considered and The Council would like applicants to have their say.

Havering Council is currently holding budget consultations to address the 2019-2020 financial budget priorities. The budget consultation will take place until 30 September 2018.

Each year the Council sets a budget and decides how much they can afford to spend on services for Havering residents and businesses for the next financial year. They must also determine how much income is required from the government and Council Tax to fund this.

Havering Council have launched their budget consultation asking residents to share their views on some of the savings proposals that would impact them.

The council currently have a budget gap of £4.26m in 2018/19, in which they say is due to the reduction in government grant funding, along with the increase and demand for housing, as well as the significant increase in the number of adults and children who require council services.

Last week the Government announced their budget for the 2014/15 financial year. Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas responded to the budget finding a lack of substance that would help people in Dagenham and Rainham.  

Jon Cruddas MP said “We needed a budget that would tackle the cost –of – living crisis which has left many people in Dagenham and Rainham worse off.  

I hear from my constituents in Dagenham and Rainham every day how they are struggling with increased energy, transport and housing costs.

 The following article was published by the Barking and Dagenham Post on 18th April 2012. You can view the original here:  www.bdpost.co.uk/home/e-edition

A charity for vulnerable adults has joined forces with MP Jon Cruddas to launch an attack on government plans to tax charitable donations.

The following article was written by Senior Reporter Sukran Sahin and was published in the Barking and Dagenham Post on Wednesday 28th March. You can view the original piece here: www.bdpost.co.uk/home/e-edition

 

A group of pensioners has condemned the government’s plan to freeze tax allowances, with one protesting that a £5 rise a week in state pensions would only buy them “two packets of fish fingers”.

The following article was written by Senior Reporter Sukran Sahin, and published by the Barking and Dagenham Post on Wednesday 28th March. You can view the original piece here:
www.bdpost.co.uk/home/e-edition

Sukran Sahin reports on how the latest Budget will impact on local people:

“Unfair” was the verdict of a group of Barking and Dagenham pensioners on new rules in the Budget which will see money taken away from those who have worked and paid into the system for decades.

The following article was written by Senior Reporter Sukran Sahin, and was published by the Barking and Dagenham Post on Wednesday 28th March. The original piece can be found here: www.bdpost.co.uk/home/e-edition

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has made a scathing attack on new rules in the Budget that will slash £2.6billion from parents’ incomes by making it harder to qualify for working tax credits.