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Message from the Leader of Southwark Council

Dear resident,

This year the council will be issuing a £150 Council Tax rebate to help most Southwark residents with the cost of living. You will receive this £150 rebate if you live in a property in Council Tax bands A to D. You can find out more at www.southwark.gov.uk/counciltax.

I know this has been another difficult year for many of you, and I want to thank you for your support as the council has continued to help everyone in our community through the pandemic, particularly those who are the most vulnerable.

We have worked hard to ensure essential council services keep running, while also continuing to support tens of thousands of residents and businesses. We have ensured the council is on your side throughout the pandemic, and we will continue to support you through the cost of living crisis that we are seeing now.

We are also looking beyond the pandemic and delivering on our commitments to residents. We are keeping Southwark’s streets clean, building new council homes, creating new jobs and opportunities for local people, tackling the climate emergency, giving young people in Southwark the best start in life and tackling inequality. We want everyone in Southwark to benefit from the amazing opportunities our borough has to offer and we will continue to invest in our communities, so that no one is left behind.

We have worked incredibly hard to make our budget stretch, ensuring the money we spend on your behalf goes even further. We have:

  • supported over 70,000 vulnerable residents through the pandemic, tripled our emergency support fund for residents facing a crisis who need help, and worked with the NHS to get as many people in Southwark as possible protected with a Covid-19 vaccination;
  • distributed £253m of support for local businesses and worked to rebuild Southwark’s economy after the pandemic, investing in our high streets and town centres;
  • continued to build new council homes, on track to deliver 2,500 new council homes by May this year, meaning more families can move into a home that meets their needs. We have also driven up standards of private rented homes, taken action to bring more empty homes back into use and helped more than 300 people sleeping rough into long-term homes;
  • supported almost 1,700 residents into jobs in the last year, including over 500 new green jobs, created new apprenticeships and training opportunities and ensured that over 2,600 young people are getting regular council updates about jobs and career opportunities;
  • tackled the climate emergency, working towards a carbon neutral borough by 2030. We have already planted over 10,000 new trees, halved our emissions, and ensured all council buildings use 100% renewable energy and we’re putting in more cycle hangars, making our council homes greener and divesting our pension fund from fossil fuels;
  • supported young people in Southwark, making sure pupils had the laptops they needed to be able to learn from home and supporting them to get back into school safely. We invested over £1m in positive activities for young people, 16,000 children accessed healthy food and activities over the holidays, and our ground-breaking mental health support hub The Nest has delivered over 1,700 hours of support for young people;
  • continued to keep Southwark’s streets clean despite government funding cuts and the challenges of the pandemic. Southwark has one of the highest recycling rates in inner London and we are tackling fly-tipping and ensuring that 99% of household waste does not go to landfill.

After over a decade of government cuts to our funding, balancing the council’s budget continues to be very hard. The government has now reduced funding for Southwark Council by almost two thirds since 2010. This year we have had to make savings of another £10.5m. This is all the more difficult when we are spending much more on essential support for residents through this pandemic. Therefore, like other councils in London, we have had to make a difficult decision on Council Tax. In Southwark the increase this year will be 2.99%. On average this means an increase of 67p a week for residents in band D properties. Southwark still has the eighth lowest Council Tax in London, despite having faced some of the biggest cuts in government funding.

It has been another very difficult year for our community and I am proud of how our whole borough has pulled together. The resilience and dedication of our residents who have stepped up to help their communities is truly inspiring. We will ensure your council continues to be on your side.

If you need help from the council or you would like more information on any of our services, please visit our website: www.southwark.gov.uk.

I look forward to working with you to make Southwark a better, fairer and greener borough.

Yours faithfully,

Cllr Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council

Page last updated: 08 March 2022

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