Our councillors will meet on 4 March to consider the proposals.
Although we collect council tax on behalf of other councils, the police and fire & rescue service, we only keep and spend around 11% of the total on the services we provide for you.
Your council tax will fund 33% of our £19-million revenue budget in the coming financial year, with sales, fees and charges (41%) being the biggest contributor, followed by Business Rates (15%) and Government Grants (11%).
No cuts to services are proposed in 2021/22, but councillors will consider a proposal to increase the Council's share of council tax by 2.33%, an average of 10p per week (Band D). This will help the authority to fund key projects including:
- Additional investment to meet our zero carbon ambitions by 2030
- Additional investment in ensuring our towns and villages remain clean and green
- Investment to improve our digital delivery to customers
- Investment to maintain the frequency of waste and recycling collections (the new waste contract is costing an additional £1.1-million per year).
- The ongoing impact of Covid-19 on Council finances, especially shortfalls in council tax, business rates and fees;
- Government’s reviews of grant funding and business rates;
- Other service cost pressures e.g. addressing climate change;
- Volatility of income from recycling;
- Inflation, the value of the pound and interest rates.
Business ratesWe have been informed that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will make his Budget Statement on 3 March 2021 to set out the next phase of the Government’s plans to tackle the virus, protect jobs and support business.
Billing authorities in England have been asked to delay issuing business rates bills until after the Chancellor has set out his plan at the Budget, to avoid any potential confusion for businesses and to avoid the cost of having to re-bill businesses in light of any measures that may be included in the Budget.
Read information for non-domestic ratepayers on our proposed budget and council tax increase for 2021/22 here [PDF 750KB].
The information for non-domestic ratepayers sets out the basis of rates bills for 2021/22 and provides details of rate reliefs announced so far for 2021/22.
Have your say by emailing your views by 3 March to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "Business Rates Consultation".