Council announces extra spending on care services for elderly and disabled residents

Published: Friday 16th February 18

Wandsworth Council has unveiled plans to spend an extra £1 million supporting elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents of the borough next year.

In total spending on these crucial care services will rise to over £75 million next year.

The announcement comes ahead of a recommendation that will go before councillors later this month when they determine council tax levels for the coming 12 months.

Councillors will be urged to back a preferred option of freezing all the other elements that make up local council tax bills but increase funding for social care by applying a two per cent increase to bills.

This would mean on average an extra charge of £8.40 a year or in total the rough equivalent of three large high street coffees in a 12 month period.

This will still leave Wandsworth’s average council tax bills as the lowest in the country – something the borough’s residents have benefited from over the past two decades.

Wandsworth’s share of a Band D bill will stand at an average of £428.42.

This year the Mayor of London has increased his share of bills by 5.1 per cent. His precept will rise by £14.21 to £294.23 meaning the total average Band D bill in Wandsworth from April onwards will be £722.65.

Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “We are freezing most of the elements that make up our overall budget to ensure we continue to offer our residents the best value for money local services in the country.

“But we also wanted to make sure we protected the important social care services we provide for elderly people, those with a disability, those who are sick or vulnerable and also importantly the support we provide to local carers, who are often the unsung heroes of our community.
“We want to make a real difference to the quality of life of our residents and those people who may need a bit of extra support.”

In the neighbouring boroughs of Lambeth Band D bills in 2018/19 are likely to be around £1,386 in Kingston around £1,771 and in Richmond around £1,707 compared to Wandsworth’s proposed charge of £723.

Since council tax was introduced in 1993 Wandsworth residents living in a Band D property have saved a combined sum of more than £10,000 when compared to the average Londoner.

What's being recommended that local people pay from April onwards

At the same time as charging the country’s lowest bills, Wandsworth residents have enjoyed some of the best-run local government services in the UK. 

There are just over 144,000 properties in the borough of Wandsworth. These homes are  designated in the following council tax bands:

Band A  - 6,607
Band B -  12,374
Band C  - 36,415
Band D – 33,184
Band E  - 23,320
Band F  - 16,088
Band G  - 13,525
Band H – 2,763

Total  - 144,276

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Recent comments

AGEISM AGAIN ? Reading this I assume that ALL the intended beneficiaries are OLD. Can I ask if that is correct or whether it is just another one of those reports which (quite unintentionally, of course) perpetuates the image of old people as just being a drain on society? To me it comes across as yet another example of institutional ageism. Are none of these services for YOUNG people or children? On the BBC it was reported that Councils that spend up to half their budget on social care for adults AND children. Needless to say. only older people were portrayed in the BBC report. I would appreciate a response so that I can either add or remove this from my enormous dossier of examples of unconscious (or even conscious) age bias.
Janis Humberstone

9 March 2018

I know there have been cuts but we are still so much better off than our neighbours even though they are paying so much more. I will not be complaining about it if it helps those in need.
Angela

20 February 2018

Increasing council tax's will be a burden for most people, we are all trying to make ends meet, I know I will struggle to try and pay mine as well as the other expenses that come with ordinary living.
Donna Hope

17 February 2018

Steve lee -the reason council tax has not gone up is that the council is well run and have cut their costs to make the funding balance. Why should we pay more, £1000 a year is still a lot for most households, sounds like another socialist view that is wrong. Other councils should take note. It’s better we keep our money and spend it how we see fit, than give it to the state that will waste it, something I am sure Mr Govindia agrees with.
Jo

17 February 2018

How can the mayor of london be allowed to waste so much month on silly schemes and then put his share of council tax bills increases by a massive 5.1 per cent. His precept will rise by £14.21 to £294.23.
Simon

17 February 2018

Like they've had since 1945 to work out folks will be getting old. But never mind - they've also had those many years to be filling their own personal coffers.
Liz

17 February 2018

We are happy to pay more council tax to fund the vital social care that allows Wandsworth residents to take an active part in our communities.
Rachel Elizabeth Perkins

16 February 2018

Cuts to library services have never, fully, been restored. As for people of other boroughs using services, we Wandsworth residents happily use Wimbledon park, owned, managed and funded by London Borough of Merton. Tax rises to pay for Adult Social care because central government has no sensible long-term funding strategy for social care.
Kaleem

16 February 2018

I am extremely disappointed that I have to pay a levy for both Wimbledon and Putney Common and use neither, when people from other boroughs and parts of the borough come and use the commons. Why do I have to pay it without any consultation or agreement ....
Sandra Fackrell

16 February 2018

With the rediculous amount of expensive flats being built in the Borough and the revenue they create, surely the Borough can dig deep into its pot. We pay a low Tax for a reason; diabolical paving in many areas, over populated schools, the elderly ignored and the disabled .. (I am afraid I have no idea as I do not know any disabled) but although I am happy to help others, maybe you could / should.
Kate Steiner

16 February 2018

With the rediculous amount of expensive flats being built in the Borough and the revenue they create, surely the Borough can dig deep into its pot. We pay a low Tax for a reason; diabolical paving in many areas, over populated schools, the elderly ignored and the disabled .. (I am afraid I have no idea as I do not know any disabled) but although I am happy to help others, maybe you could / should.
Kate Steiner

16 February 2018

Well done. I have always thought the council tax was too low and would pay more for keeping clean streets. Wandsworth is dirty despite pretentious of being the brighter borough
Eileen Joyce

16 February 2018

I echo the sentiments of the previous commentator. This tiny increase should not give anyone cause for self-satisfaction nor complacency. When 'pay less get less' has been the Local Authority motto there is a clear need for the population to understand and examine the true cost of providing appropriate care. The days of low paid, inadequate care for the elderly and disabled must come to an end. Let's all show that looking after our fellow neighbours is part of living in a civilised society.
Isobel

16 February 2018

Very welcome and long overdue but still a tiny drop in the ocean - social care spending going up from £74 million to £75 million? That's more than swallowed up by inflation. Having the lowest council tax in the UK is NOT a virtue when people are crying out for essential social services. It's nuts that in one of the richest boroughs in the country our CT hasn't gone up in years. I and many others I know would willingly pay the going rate to fund real social care.
Steve Lee

16 February 2018