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Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council provides vital services to the public every day of the year.


Each year, the Council proposes a budget for the coming financial year, in this case for 2022/23.


The budget is funded primarily from four sources – grants from Central Government, payments from residents through their Council Tax and Adult Social Care Precept, fees charged for some services, and through Business Rates.


The level of grant from Central Government has reduced significantly over the past 11 years at a time when demand on Council services has increased year-on-year.


The Council's budget is divided up to fund services that residents need and would like.

The five largest areas of spend are:

  • Adult Services
  • Children's Services
  • Environment (mainly waste, highways, fleet vehicles and clean and green)
  • Public Health
  • Education

 

In addition to providing every-day services, the Council also invests in the borough to improve the quality of life for residents.

 

The Council's Cabinet has approved a report which:

  • Proposes a balanced revenue budget for 2022/23, and indicative medium term financial plan through to 2026/27;
  • Agrees to consult on the investment programme with businesses in the borough;
  • Agrees to consult on a 1.99% increase to Council Tax;
  • Agrees to consult on a 2% increase to the Adult Social Care Precept.

 

The full budget report, including the Council's plans to invest in the borough, is available in the Cabinet papers here


We would very much appreciate your views on the budget by answering four quick questions here:

Budget Consultation 2022-23 Survey

 

Cllr Glyn Nightingale, Cabinet member for Resources, explains the reasons for the Council's proposals:

The Council continues to come under huge financial pressure, particularly from the demands on our social care services – caring for the most vulnerable children and adults – and the increased costs of dealing with waste and recycling.


Like many other councils across the country, Redcar & Cleveland is still penalised on a daily basis by the Government's persistent austerity towards local government. The inadequate government grant we receive means we have no choice in proposing an increase in Council Tax. This is vital to ensure crucial services our residents need and want us to provide are maintained.


We propose this with a heavy heart, but the only other option is to significantly cut services our residents rely on.


Similarly, we have no choice but to propose an increase in the Adult Social Care Precept. The Government recognises the rising demand on Adult Social Care. It agrees that we need more money to pay for caring for the elderly. Instead of providing the money needed directly to us, it expects us to shift the burden onto local Council Taxpayers by way of the precept.  


The Government's long-term plan for social care intended to reduce the amount individuals pay directly towards their care costs, will be paid for by rising National Insurance payments. But this will not be in place for some years and will have limited impact on those who rely on the Council to provide their care. Redcar and Cleveland has an ageing population. People needing our help now and the most vulnerable in our borough rightly expect us to help. That is what we are committed to do.


We also have ambitious plans to make our residents' lives better and everybody can be assured that we will do everything we can to make that happen.

Contact

Redcar & Cleveland House,
Kirkleatham Street, Redcar,
Yorkshire TS10 1RT

you could call our Customer Services Team on 01642 774774 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

contactus@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

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