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Council Budget and Savings Programme 2018/19

Ends: 12 Jan 2018

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South Gloucestershire Council is consulting on its capital and revenue budgets, council tax levels for next year (2018/19), and its overall savings plan. The Council asks council tax and business rates payers their views each year before agreeing its budget and council tax. This is your chance to comment on the Council’s priorities, its council tax and proposals to improve services and increase efficiency. We are also seeking your views on the overall quality of services provided, together with any ideas you may have in relation to priority areas for discussion with central government following the establishment of the West of England Combined Authority in May 2016.

To tell us your views on these important issues please complete the online survey or use the contact details towards the end of this page below.

 

The Council Budget

Including spending on schools, the Council plans to spend £571m in 2018/19, of which central government contributes £91.5m towards general services and a further £195.6m specifically towards meeting Schools’ expenditure.

 

 

 

Further info on the Council’s budget is available here

 

Council Tax & Adult Social Care Precept

Prior to 2016/17 the Council had frozen council tax levels for five consecutive years. However, for 2016/17 the Government ended its council tax freeze grant scheme and also allowed local authorities with Adult Social Care responsibilities to raise an additional 2% council tax ’precept’ to support care for older people. This flexibility was subsequently increased to allow local authorities to increase the Adult Social Care Precept by up to 3% per annum, capped at 6% across 2017/18 to 2019/20. 

In February of this year the Council approved its 2017/18 revenue budget, confirming a council tax increase of 1.99% along with the 3% precept for adult social care. It also approved outline budgets for the following three years (2018/19 to 2020/21) to help it plan for the future. These included planning assumptions for council tax to rise by 1.99% in each of those years, as well as adding the 3% adult social care precept in 2018/19 followed by 0% further increase in 2019/20 to make maximise use of the new flexibility and cover additional spending on adult social care costs. This will be subject to the House of Commons’ approval of referendum limits for 2018/19.

In 2017/18 these changes meant an increase of approximately £65 per year (or equivalent to a little over £5.40 per month) for a band D household.

 

 

The Council Savings Programme

Now in the eighth year of national austerity measures, all local authorities are experiencing unprecedented constraints on spending and must continue to review what they do and how they do it in order to achieve the necessary savings and balance their books.

Despite the council tax increases last year and those proposed for future years, we still anticipate that current annual spending will be more than our income through to 2021/22. This means that further tough decisions will be needed in the coming years.

From 2011-17 the Council have realised cumulative savings of £63.6m in annual spending, and we have identified a further £10.5m per annum of future savings to take place across 2018/19 and 2019/20. Even with the assumption that the full savings plan is achieved, there is still a predicted budget gap amounting to £15.7m by 2021/22 meaning we will need to plan for further on-going savings

 

 

Wider Context / Influencing factors

In setting out the budget for 2018/19 and in planning for future years, the Council makes projections about future events based on a best assessment of the position at the time.

Most notably it will be necessary to review the Council’s overall financial position later this year in the light of;

  • The Government’s Autumn Statement ( 22nd November 2017)
  • The provisional Local Government Finance Settlement (this sets out the level of funding the Government gives to each local authority and what they specify certain parts of that money can be spent on) expected in early/mid-December 2017
  • Developments as the Central Government progresses its plans to leave the EU
  • The general UK economy
  • the Developing role of the West of England Combined Authority
  • Changes to the Business Rates Systems and Fair Funding Needs Assessment

Further information about these factors can be found here

 

 

Find out more and have your say:

We welcome comments on the Council's capital and revenue budget, council tax levels and the Council Saving Programme between 6th November 2017 and 12th January 2018.

Please note that the consultation survey will close on 31st December 2017, however any comments received before 12th January 2018 will be reported to councillors when they set the budget on 15th February 2018.

We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council should consider. A copy of the initial draft Equality Impact Assessment is available and we would also welcome comments on this.

Further information is available by contacting us using the details listed below or from your local South Gloucestershire library and One Stop Shop.

 

If you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about this consultation, please contact us using the details above to arrange.

 

You can find out more or tell us your views by:

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South Gloucestershire Council

Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Budget 2017

Council offices

Badminton Road

Yate

BRISTOL

BS37 5AF

Consultation Documents

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Council Budget and Savings Programme 2018/19
Description Have your say on the council's proposed budget for 2018/2019
Dates From 6 Nov 2017 at 12:00 to 12 Jan 2018 at 23:59. The results will be published by 28 Feb 2018.
Status Open
Consultation Topic
Geographical area
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience
Contact Details