Budget consultation 2020/21

Residents, businesses and organisations in the district are being invited to share their views on Breckland Council's draft plans about how it will spend its money over the coming years.

The Council's budget and Medium Term Financial Plan outline how funding will be used to deliver the organisation's key priorities (as outlined in our Corporate Plan) and the range of local services we provide.

The draft budget for 2020/21 and the updated Medium Term Financial Plan are now available to review with feedback from local people being used to shape the final documents before they are taken to the February 2020 Full Council meeting for consideration, approval and adoption. The council's Cabinet members will provide their initial feedback at a meeting held on 6 December.

Your comments must be submitted via consultation@breckland.gov.uk by the end of 31 December 2019.

 

What is being proposed?

Before taking part in the consultation, you should review the draft documents which are available to download below.

The council is currently predicting a balanced budget through until 2023-24, but to pay for major planned investment and cover rising costs, the council will need to generate significant savings over the coming years and work is underway to confirm how necessary savings will be achieved.

The draft budget is based on a number of key principles:

  • There will be no cuts to service delivery.
  • The council will not be reliant on receiving 'New Homes Bonus' (NHB) funding from central government to pay for its core services, and will instead use money received for optional (non-statutory) projects.
  • Money held in reserve will be used to pay for feasibility studies which could lead to growth and investment in the district.
  • The council will maintain a good financial position in order to manage any future changes which arise from the Fair Funding Review or Spending Review, allowing time to put an appropriate program in place, if this is required.

The council continues to generate similar income levels from its council tax as it does from its commercial investments (eg. rent from land, buildings, etc), with council tax in Breckland among the very lowest in the country.

However, to help ensure the budget remains balanced, it is proposed that council tax will rise by £4.95 per year for a Band D property. Nearly three quarters of properties in Breckland are Bands A-C, so most people would see a smaller council tax rise from April 2020.

 

Download the draft budget documents:

Last updated: 27/11/2019 14:40:23