Haringey could raise council tax to pay for autism and dementia services

Under the new budget proposals, Haringey would increase council tax by two per cent and earmark the funds for adult social care.

They estimate that an increase of this kind would cost the average Haringey household an extra 46 pence per week and raise around £1.7million each year.

The Broadway has previously reported that carers have asked Haringey to consider new sources of funding in order to try to save popular autism and dementia centres.

Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement that local authorities could raise their council tax by two per cent in order to pay for adult social services.

Under plans announced by Haringey Council last year, Birkbeck Road Day Centre in Hornsey and Always Day Centre near Muswell Hill for adults with learning disabilities will be closed.

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The Roundway Centre, the Grange Day Centre and the Haven Day Centre will also be closed.

Facilities at the Ermine Road day centre will be expanded to cope with demand.

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Haringey’s council tax – which goes towards funding local services across the borough – has remained frozen for the past six years.

Adult social services account for £1 in every £3 the council spends on services.

Cllr Jason Arthur, Cabinet member for resources and culture, said: “Significant cuts required in our adult social services budget mean we have to re-think services, and close some services entirely.

“While it’s important to make clear that the extra income from levying the two percent precept would not be enough to prevent some services from closing, it could help us to meet rising demand in the short term.

“What is clear is that extensive changes to adult social care in Haringey – with a greater emphasis on early help, independent living and community-based support – remain the only long-term way of managing demand.”

- The consultation on the council’s budget is now open. Visit: haringey.gov.uk/council-budget-2016-17.

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