This week, the City Council's budget for 2021/22 was approved by the Full Council. I thought I should share some of the things we are looking to achieve.
Here in Portsmouth, because we have been careful with your money, we have protected essential local services.
At the start of the COVID crisis, the government said they would cover costs so that all councils 'could do whatever it takes' to help the most vulnerable. Sadly, they didn't keep their word but we have weathered the storm. So, I'm pleased that we are also:
- Expanding the food waste recycling service across the city.
- Building a new leisure centre, swimming pool and community centre at Bransbury Park...with no loss of green space!
- Prioritising an extra £3.5 million to build classrooms in local schools for children with special needs.
- Tackling the Climate Emergency, including the largest investment in solar panels by any council in the country!
- Putting an extra £2.8million into Adult Care Services to look after people with physical disability, carers and people with a mental health related need.
- Ensuring the homeless are properly housed, alongside personalised support plans.
- Setting money aside to help the vulnerable during COVID.
...and much, much more! I hope these are some of the things you would want your council to be doing.
Throughout this crisis our community has responded brilliantly. I'm really proud of the way people in Portsmouth have worked to support their neighbours, families and friends. Please stay safe and well.
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson
Leader of Portsmouth City Council
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