We are seeking the views of residents ahead of setting a budget for 2020/2021. Let us know what you think by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NC37F6Y.
Since 2010, the Council’s funding from the Government has reduced significantly, while at the same time demand for our services has continued to increase. Over the last decade, the Council has delivered more than £90 million in budget reductions and income growth and lost some 1,400 jobs in order to continue to provide highly-valued public services.
Among the considerations will be the level of Council Tax, the precept to help fund social care for adults, and the range of fees and charges for council services. The final budget needs to balance the cost of services with the funding available to the Council between April 2020 and March 2021.
Among the proposals, which will be discussed by Council members is:
- A 1.99% increase in Council Tax;
- A 2% Adult Social Care Precept.
Fees and charges are an important income stream for the council. Our fees and charges for next year have been proposed with reference to factors including levels of inflation, demand for services, how we compare to charges in other council areas and how we ensure that our services remain sustainable in the longer term.
As a result, some charges are proposed to reduce, some remain the same, and other charges are proposed to increase. There are some above-inflation changes to charging policies for some services. These reflect the analysis of demand undertaken, how we compare to other areas, the fact that some charges haven’t been increased for a number of years and, in some cases, the significant investment that has been made to ensure the long-term sustainability of services. The full list of proposed fees and charges is available in our Budget Proposals report.