Brent Council to make £20m worth of cuts next year

Cllr Muhammed Butt is warning of drastic cuts in Brent

Cllr Muhammed Butt is warning of drastic cuts in Brent - Credit: Archant

Brent Council has warned of further drastic cuts to the borough’s services after revealing it needs to make £20 million in savings.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, council leader, claims he will be unable to say which services will suffer until the government confirms how much funding they will receive in December.

He said: “I am going to try and make sure I can deliver the services that people value but there will be some casualties along the way.

“Those on the minimum wage and below have got to make stark choices on paying for food, bills and council tax.

“I do not ever recall seeing such a dreadful impact on people.”

In a bid to get residents’ views on how much should be saved on services, Brent Council has spent £5,000 on an online budget simulator.

The software allows people to say by how much they would increase or decrease spending on each of the council’s services for the next year and shows the impact those decisions would have on council tax and the overall budget.

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Visit to take part in the online consultation.

A full report will be in this week’s Brent & Kilburn Times which is out on Thursday.