Budget Consultation 2022/23

 

Background/summary

On 21 July 2021, the government announced that the county, district and borough councils in North Yorkshire will be replaced by a new unitary council. It is expected that the new council will begin to operate on 1 April 2023, meaning that the 2022/23 budget for Scarborough Borough Council will likely be its last.

The draft revenue and capital budget proposals were presented to Cabinet on Tuesday 18th January and a link to the report can be found here. The key messages and proposals set out within the report are as follows:

Revenue budget

  • A Council Tax uplift of 2.09% (which is the equivalent of £5 for a Band D tax payer), leading to a Council Tax requirement of £9.47m;
  • The budget includes proposed efficiencies/savings totalling £1.563m; none of which will impact on front line service delivery;
  • The budget includes £1.061m mainstream budget provision for inflationary cost pressures and pay awards and a £392k uplift in income budgets to reflect recent RPI increases;
  • £536k mainstream budget provision for the following budget pressures:
    • £150k contingency for the potential costs associated with the running of Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pavilion
    • £226k to address baseline budget issues and income shortfalls
    • £160k to address uplifts in utility costs
  • £717k mainstream budget provision for the following priority investment:
    • £28k investment in asset management staffing
    • £44k loss of rental income arising from the sale of assets to generate capital receipts
    • £32k Climate Change Officer
    • £60k Communications Staffing
    • £40k Community Safety Officer
    • £63k investment to take forward the cultural strategy
    • £30k Business and Destination Development and Liaison Officer
    • £420k capacity funding which will be allocated to progress priority areas as they arise, including the revenue budget implications of progressing Towns Fund projects.   
  • £842k one-off funding for the following priority investment:
    • £750k for Scarborough Fair activities to cover a three year period of activities to 2025/26
    • £92k for Better Places locality budgets

Capital budget

  • Additional funding of £5.990m has been identified to support the 2022/23 capital programme;
  • The above funding - along with monies not yet committed from the 2021/22 capital allocations - equate to an overall capital programme sum of £13.448m. This will be ring-fenced to the following themes within the capital programme:
    • £2.321m    Property Asset Management
    • £1.005m    Infrastructure
    • £0.500m    Better Lives
    • £0.850m    Coast Protection
    • £0.750m    Harbour Infrastructure
    • £0.400m    Better Council
    • £7.522m    Masterplans, Blueprints and priority investment
  • The ring-fenced sums will be allocated to individual capital projects in line with the governance arrangements set out within the Capital Strategy;
  • It is envisaged that the £850k identified for Coast Protection works will be fully committed to support the Robin Hoods Bay Sea Wall project (as detailed in Jan 2021 Cabinet report)
  • It is envisaged that the £7.5m set aside for Masterplans, Blueprints and priority investment will be utilised as follows:
    • £2.000m - Phase 2 of ‘Project Sunshine’ which will incorporate borough wide public realm improvements
    • £4.000m - Progression of schemes identified in the Scarborough and Whitby Blueprints (including aspirations to deliver a cinema within the borough)
    • £1.000m – Filey Masterplan
    • £150k – To progress feasibility works for the Peasholm Tree Walk
    • £350k – Contingency 

 Consultation details

When is the consultation taking place?

Start: 20 January 2022

End: 15 February 2022, 12 noon

Comments received by 1 February 2022 will be included in the Cabinet and Full Council report, comments after that date will only be included in the Full Council report

Which audience or groups are being consulted?

 

  • Residents Panel
  • General Public
  • Parish Councils
  • Council employees

How are we consulting?

  • Email invites to Web Surveys
  • Web Survey

Area covered by the consultation?

  • Whole Borough

Contact Details

Kerry Metcalfe, Head of Finance
Corporate Finance
Scarborough Borough Council
Town Hall
St Nicholas Street
Scarborough
YO11 2HG

Telephone: 01723 383542
Email: kerry.metcalfe@scarborough.gov.uk

How will the results be used?

The results will be used to inform the decision taken by the Council on its budget for 2022/23

Outcomes of the consultation

Finding of the survey will be posted here in April 2022.

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