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Every year councils must set out their spending plans for the next financial year – our budget.   

We’ve put our proposals together and now it’s over to you. Let us know what you think and have your say. 

This year, the budget consultation runs from Thursday 20 January 2022 to Sunday 20 February 2022

Setting a budget is never easy.  

This year has been even more of a challenge as demand for the council’s vital services, such as social care, has risen sharply due to Covid, plus we’ve faced years of funding cuts from Central Government.  

Despite that we’ve come up with plans that will put extra money in the pockets of the lowest paid, safeguard the most vulnerable, give our young people the best start and continue our investment in front line services – all while taking into account the impact of Covid-19. 

Our proposed budget includes: 

  • Paying the Foundation Living Wage to all staff and contractors – mainly care workers, many of whom have been on the front line of the Coronavirus pandemic. They will see their wages rise from the legal minimum wage of £9.50 an hour to £9.90, equating to £768 a year.  
  • Continuing investment for “Don't Trash Oldham”, which is cleaning up every ward across the borough on a rolling cycle. 
  • A £100k investment in Mahdlo to support youth work and projects for some of the borough’s most disadvantaged young people; inspiring and motivating many young people to transform their lives. 
  • A further £80k for youth work across Oldham's districts, helping to engage more young people in positive activities. 

To pay for these we are proposing a Council Tax increase of 3.99%, incorporating the 2% Adult Social Care precept expected by the Government and 1.99% for general services.  

The rise will see the average Oldham household paying around £3.50 more a month.  

This additional income will go into the pockets of some of Oldham’s lowest paid, hardest-working people, and benefit the whole borough in the longer term by supporting essential services, such as care for our elderly and vulnerable, and boosting the local economy.  

While we’re investing in the services that you’ve told us you value the most, we do still need to make savings of £6m to balance the books.  

We've detailed the ones that could impact on you as residents in this consultation. Other budget cuts are also being proposed, which will not affect you as residents. These include making back-office savings and cutting jobs. 

Once the consultation closes, your responses will be considered before final proposals are discussed at the Full Council meeting on Wednesday 2 March 2022, when members will agree the final budget.

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