Budget consultation 2018/19

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Revenue budget

The council’s policy has always been to be as efficient as possible and protect front line services and since 2010 the council has delivered savings of £17m from its annual revenue budget. Over that same period performance in many areas has increased.

As staffing resources reduce and savings become harder to identify it is becoming apparent that the length of time needed to deliver savings is increasing. With that in mind it is proposed that the council now moves towards a more detailed 3-year budget setting programme, covering the financial years from 2018/19 to 2020/21.  This consultation focuses primarily on the 2018/19 budget but full details of the three year revenue plan can be found in the documents included throughout the consultation.

We get funding from Government as well as Council Tax income to support our revenue budget.

Revenue funding supports services like refuse collection, street cleansing, parks, regeneration, tourism services, CCTV etc.

In 2018/19 Government funding will be cut by £849,000 (11.9%).

Along with unavoidable cost pressures, this means that the council faces a funding shortfall of £2,464,000.

The draft budget report presented to cabinet on Tuesday 16 January proposes:

  • Efficiency and savings proposals of £2,123,000
  • Increased income targets, in most cases by 2%. Generating an additional £141,000.
  • A draw from one-off  reserves of £200,000

The budget proposals assume that the council will increase its share of Council Tax by 2.99% to protect frontline services.  This increase equates to £5.88 per year (11 pence per week) on a typical Band C property.

We would like your feedback on these proposals before they go for approval in February 2018.  Additional details on the draft revenue budget for 2018/19 are included within the appendix.  

Details

When is the consultation taking place?
Start: 24  January 2018
 
End: 19 February 2018, 12 noon
 
Comments received by 2 February 2018 will also 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
How are we consulting?
  • Postal surveys (residents panel)
  • Email invites to web surveys
  • Web survey
Area covered by the consultation?
  • Whole borough

Contact

Name
Neil Hughes, Accountancy Manager,
Address
Corporate Finance, Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough YO11 2HG
Telephone
01723 232357
Email

How will the results be used?

The results will be used to inform the decision taken by the Council on its budget for 2018/19.

Outcomes of the consultation

Finding of the survey will be posted here in April 2018.