Annual Budget Meeting, 4 March 2021

The District Council's Annual Budget Meeting on Thursday 4 March will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel from 6pm.



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).
Future financial uncertainties include:
  • 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.
View the full agenda [PDF].

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

As the Council cannot hold meetings at the Town Hall, Public Participation can only take place using the Zoom application or by written representations. Members of the public are able to comment or ask questions on the items listed in the agenda and must give notice before 12 noon on the day preceding the meeting by:
The Committee Team will assist any member of the public without access to electronic means by capturing their concerns over the telephone. Phone: 01629 761133 (working days only 9am – 5pm).

Written representations received by the deadline will be read out at the meeting. Verbal contributors will be given instructions on how to join the meeting after giving notice.
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