Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is seeking the views of residents ahead of setting a budget for 2021/2022. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CSJK78M to have your say.
Among the considerations will be the level of Council Tax and the precept to help fund social care for adults. The final budget needs to balance the cost of services with the funding available to the Council between April 2021 and March 2022.
Among the proposals, which will be discussed by Council members is:
- A 1.99% increase in Council Tax;
- A 2% increase in Adult Social Care Precept.
Over the last decade the Council has strived to maintain a focus on its priorities and continue to deliver good services, in the context of reducing resources and increased demand for support. The ongoing challenge of delivering our Council services should not be underestimated, particularly in the context of the additional challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Council faces significant financial pressures on its social care services. The number of children the Council is responsible for and complexity of their needs has increased. Together with demographic and cost pressures in adult social care, this has meant a further £4.4m is required next year.
The Council’s available resources from Council Tax and Business Rates are also reduced, partly due to a further delay in Government undertaking a national refresh of how Business Rates funding is allocated.
Separate to the budget the Council uses to pay staff and provide services, the Council has a multi-year Capital Investment Programme. This investment programme is funded by selling existing assets that are surplus to requirements, borrowing, and external funding that the Council manages to attract. These one-off funding sources are not allowed to be used to fund the costs of the council’s services.
The Council’s capital investment plans are also vitally important to secure sustainable growth for the borough; recognising that it is through economic prosperity, the creation of jobs and raising skill levels that we can help the borough and its people to become more sustainable and resistant to economic shocks.
As such, the proposed Capital Investment Programme is an important tool for leveraging investment and boosting growth and ensuring that growth is shared right across the Borough so its benefits may be felt in every community.
The Council’s planned investment programme will spend £114m over a four-year period, to develop aspects of life such as town centres, business, transport, housing, recycling and waste, and education. 64% of this investment is funded from external sources, meaning that on average for every £4 the Council invests we will attract £6 of external funding.
We are also consulting on some technical changes to our Council Tax Support scheme, which are required to ensure people on Universal Credit are accurately assessed for support. Further detail of the proposed changes and why we need to make them is provided in Appendix 4 of the 2021/22 Budget Proposals report. We would welcome any feedback from you as part of our survey.
Full details of the 2021/22 budget proposals can be found in the Cabinet Papers.