Our budget challege
Ealing Council is on the frontline of tackling COVID-19 locally and the financial impact of our work since March totals £71million. Despite the government promising to meet all our COVID-19 costs, we are still owed £14.8million and balancing our budget will be one of the hardest challenges we have had to face.
Future Ealing is about investing in services that really matter and making life better for residents, despite a decade of cuts to the borough’s government grant. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our Future Ealing plan was starting to work.
Unfortunately, the impact of COVID-19, on top of a two-thirds cut to our governmen grant is now translating into major budget pressures for this year and next. In fact, we have an in-year pressure of £26million and next year’s budget gap totals £28million; one of the biggest we have ever had to face.
At the same time, COVID-19 has hit west London hard, because so many of our residents either work at Heathrow, or work for businesses that supply Heathrow. We are fighting for our local economy and are working with other west London boroughs on a build and recovery strategy, but it will take time.
This short video explains the numbers behind the budget and the impact of COVID-19 costs. There are some tough decisions to come, but we are promising we will do everything we can to protect local services.