Don't forget to have your say on our budget
Tuesday, 17 January 2023
Residents and businesses are reminded to have their say on our draft budget, by next Tuesday, 24 January.
The draft budget proposes no increase to our share of Council Tax in 2023/24, as well as plans for spending and savings.
A consultation on the budget is now open for feedback here.
Despite a challenging financial climate caused by rising inflation and increasing demand for services, our prudent financial management and planning mean the financial pressures can be absorbed.
Our budget does not include any cuts to services, more funding for services to support vulnerable children and adults and, in recognition of the current cost of living pressure residents are facing, we are not proposing to increase its share of Council Tax in next financial year*.
Councillor David Shelvey, Executive Member for Corporate Resources said:
This year is challenging. Inflation has added an extra £16.6 million to our running costs, while demand for our adult social care and children’s services increases. Many councils are concerned as they face huge funding gaps and tough decisions to reduce services and increase Council Tax. But we’re ahead of other councils in terms of taking a proactive approach; budgeting for increasing inflation and making efficiencies to reduce our operating costs so that we’re able to offset these pressures. We are also extremely mindful that our residents are facing rising costs of living and we’re pleased to be able to use some of our reserves so that we do not need to raise our share of Council Tax next year. This means we can continue to provide the vital services you expect from us through these financially challenging times and we can continue to work hard to support residents with the cost of living through a range of schemes and look after our most vulnerable children and adults.
The budget also includes plans to invest in new facilities such as new care homes, schools, roads and leisure centres.
Everyone is encouraged to have their say by completing our online survey.
For those who want or need a paper copy of the consultation questionnaire and leaflet, you can pick up copies at our local libraries, leisure centres or children's centres or by calling 0300 300 8301.
*Note: Your Council Tax bill includes Council Tax that pays for Police, Fire and your Town or Parish Council, these organisations set their own increases and if they raise their share of Council Tax, your bill will increase.