Cash-strapped Newham Council has been tasked with cutting another £50million worth of services from next year’s budget due to funding cuts from central government.
With spending set to be slashed by £284 per household, the council is now asking members of the public and business people how they think it can best save money.
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: “This is the biggest challenge this council has faced and will have major implications for the support our community receives now and in the future.
“We have to tackle this head on which will mean having to take difficult and unpopular decisions, but we need to ensure we prioritise the things that matter most to local people.
“This is why I will be urging every Newham resident to ensure they make their voice heard through our consultation over the summer.”
The savings the council needs to make are more than it currently spends on street cleaning, waste collection, keeping the roads lit and running libraries combined.
A council statement said: “Over the past five years the council has already seen its Government funding cut by £106million but has worked hard protect the services that matter most to residents.
“Newham is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country but is being the hardest hit by the Government’s funding cuts.”
If you have any ideas on how Newham Council can save money, visit: www.newham.gov.uk/budgetchallenge.