Southwark Liberal Democrat council group, the only opposition in Southwark, have put forward an alternative council budget for 2024/25.

The proposals would increase resident support to address the cost of living, reverse cuts to social care, improve customer services for communities and make real progress in tackling the climate emergency.

Supporting struggling residents

To help those struggling with the cost of living crisis, the Lib Dem group is calling for the council to freeze council tax for working-age residents already in receipt of council tax reductions.

Bringing services back to Communities

Recognising the need for improved council services, the Alternative Budget introduces a pioneering "one-stop shop" programme in council owned buildings throughout the borough. Additionally, to add further support and capacity to housing services, the Lib Dem group is proposing plans to train significantly more apprentices in the Southwark repairs team.

Going greener faster

The Lib Dem alternative budget would see real progress in tackling the climate emergency through an ambitious £13m retrofitting scheme for private tenants. The Lib Dem group is also proposing to create a new £5m Community Climate Fund, empowering local communities to decide how to spearhead climate initiatives tailored to their unique needs and priorities.

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