Future Ealing is our transformation programme. Its goal is to make the borough better at a time of rising demand for council services and cuts to our government grant. Since 2017, we have made £50m in savings because of Future Ealing.
Like most local authorities, Ealing is adjusting to a decade of cuts to its government grant. Since 2009, we have had a 64% cut in core government funding meaning for every £1 we used to receive, we now get just 36p. This amounts to a loss of £143million.
COVID-19 has brought new challenges and what residents want and expect from us is also changing. There are new social, environmental and economic priorities on the agenda for many, as well as rising demand for our childrens’ and adults' and homeless services.
And COVID-19 has also affected our income streams with reduced business rates, council tax, and revenue from services such as leisure centres.
We are meeting these challenges by changing how we work. Future Ealing is focused on helping residents to live better, more independent lives, preventing problems from happening as early as possible, helping residents to do more in their local areas, and becoming a more efficient and effective organisation.
The Future Ealing work that had taken place before COVID-19 meant that we were in a better position than many to cope with the pandemic. We are continuing to work with residents to close our budget gap and transform the way that we deliver local services to secure their future sustainability and make Ealing a better place to live and work.