Mayor exercised his discretion under Council Procedures Rule 13.4.4
to allow leaders of each political party more than 10 minutes to
Councillor Hall moved, and Councillor Hayward seconded, the
recommendations set out in the report.
Robert Banks had registered to speak, which included the following
The draft Budget consultation was presented to the
finance and governance CAB earlier this year, Mr Colyer gave a
verbal summary of the result, there is no record in the minutes of
any discussion relating to this consultation
The results were formally presented at subsequent
Cabinet meeting, the three main areas where the responded wish to
reduce the budget on 11 discretionary services
Band D council, Amelia Scott property and
development and the Assembly Hall and reallocate the increased
funding to recreational and climate change initiatives. Ranked the
3 most important not surprisingly was Rubbish, Recycling and Street
Public should be used to inform the significant
changes to the range of services that can be afforded
on the motion included the following comments:
were given to officers who had provided input into the 2023/24
Budget report (Candlin, Colyer, Fineman)
- Thanks, was also shown to Councillor Hickey for laying the
groundwork which provided the starting point of the
- 2023/24 Budget has been set during turbulent times.
and expenditure are no longer safe and predictable, and new ways of
managing finances must be called upon.
war in Ukraine, and the immediate impact on energy costs, rampant
inflation of over 10%, labour market shortage and erratic and
unpredictable revenue support from central government have made the
task of running a business challenging.
- Financial year 2022/23 called upon £944k from reserves to
bridge the funding gap from the previous
- Previously stated the predicted losses in the Mid Term Financial
strategy are concerning and appear to have no viable associated
Borough Partnership made, Safeguarding the Councils Finances is one
of the Focus on Five priorities, choosing not to ‘Wait and
- Raising fees and charges including car parking fees, since 2017,
was a necessary measure to address the deficit and protect the
- Council delivered a Community Support Fund of £100K of
grants to help the neediest, which was delivered in time for
- Additional revenues from car parking charges will raise more
revenues in the coming financial year
Council fees and charges for services were uplifted by an average
of 5.9% in November.
some excellent treasury management by the Finance Team our expected
return on Council’s investment led to an additional
£750,000 in income.
- Despite this, impact of inflation in the economy has wiped out
most of these gains with energy costs to the Council doubling over
the financial year to £300k
to the council of contract indexation and additional payments to
maintain statutory services, driven by inflation have equated to
- Revenue support from central government remains sporadic,
uncertain, and overly centralised.
New Home Bonus is unclear, our contribution was significantly
reduced with a one-off minimum support grant to ensure councils
have a 3% increase in spending power.
- 50% of
the public consultation support the approach to increase Council
Tax by 2.95% from Ap1 April 2023.
priorities are 1) Exploring new revenue streams and raising extra
revenue where possible 2) Finding efficiencies within the budget
and delivering a saving plan 3) extracting more value from our
assets and rationalising those that are no longer in the interest
of the public or the Council.
the coalition took power in May the projected budget deficit for
2023/24 stood at £2.64m, was down to £1.4m in December,
and now stands at £943k to be drawn from
- Safeguarding the Council’s Finances are on track, but
given the situation inherited it will take longer than a 1 year in
Mayor took a recorded vote on the motion in accordance with Council
Procedure Rule 15.7.
Members who voted for the Motion:
Councillors Atkins, Britcher-Allen, Barras, Brice, Chapelard,
Ellis, Everitt, Fitzsimmons, Funnel, Hayward, (Christopher) Hall,
(Linda) Hall, Hickey Hill, Knight, Le Page, Lidstone, McMillan,
Moon, Morton, Patterson, Pope, Poile, Pound, Rands, Rogers,
Rutland, Sankey, Wakeman, Warne, Wormington, Willis.(32)
Members who voted against the Motion:
Councillors: Allen, Attwood, Barrington-King, Bland, Dawlings,
Fairweather, Goodship, March, (Ms) Palmer, Roberts, White (11)
Members who abstained from voting:
Councillor Bailey (1)
That Council considers the changes to the base
budget along with the assumptions and approach detailed throughout
That Council considers the responses to the budget
That Council approves the use of £943,000 from
reserves to balance the revenue budget.
That Council approves the rolling forward of the
capital programme including additional gross funding of
£620,000 for new schemes listed within the report
That Council approves an increase in the
‘Basic Amount’ of Council Tax of £5.71 (2.95 per
cent) for 2023/24 for a Band D property.
That Council approves the Pay Policy Statement
2023/24 set out in Appendix E; and
That Council approves the implementation of 100 per
cent Council Tax premium on second homes from 1 April 2024 and to
approve the application of 100 per cent Council Tax premium on
properties that have been empty for at least 1 year (currently 2
years) from 1 April 2024, should the Levelling-Up and Regeneration
Bill receive Royal accent.