Budget consultation 2015/16

The consultation has now ended.

The council has set out details of its draft budget proposals for the 2015/16 financial year.   Full details can be found in Appendix A – budget report.

Headline proposals

  • That a decision has yet to be made on the level of Council Tax for 2015/16 and that the draft budget contains the following options for consideration:
    • A proposed freeze on Council Tax and the acceptance of the government's offer of funding equivalent to a 1% increase in Council Tax
    • A Council Tax increase of 1.94% which would equate to an increase of £4.10 per annum for a Band D Council Tax payer (or 8 pence per week)
  • Proposed efficiency and savings proposals of £2,860,360 - appendix A provides additional details
  • Reduction in staffing levels of 8.24 FTEs
  • Protection of front-line services where possible
     
  • Additional on-going investment in priority areas of £658,000 despite cuts in government funding:
    • Increase in contributions to the Council’s Capital Programme - £50,000
    • Ring-fencing of Northstead Car Parking income to fund the borrowing costs associated with the water park - £200,000
    • Borrowing costs associated with the Leisure Village- £278,000
    • Costs associated with the potential redevelopment of the Futurist site - £40,000
    • Borrowing costs associated with Coast Protection Projects and other capital schemes - £90,000
       
  • Proposed one-off investment in the following areas:
    • 24 month extension to the Choices4Energy programme (Energy Advice Service) - £40,000
    • Audio system for the Council Chamber to allowing broadcasting of meetings on the internet - £50,000
    • Contribution to the Local Enterprise Partnership (LAP) - £15,000
    • Purchase of assets within the Futurist site - £70,000
    • Budget to fund one-off events throughout the borough (such as Armed Forces Day) - £18,000
    •  Funding to defer proposed cuts to Area Committee grants for one year - £40,000 
       
  • Unavoidable costs of £1,173,153 included within the proposals
    • Pay and price inflation - £523,750
    • Other Budget Pressures - £649,403 - Appendix A provides additional details
       
  • That £700k of business rates surpluses will be used to balance the revenue budget shortfall. Any surplus generated over and above this amount will be set aside for the council's Investment Management Plan.
  • No contributions from the General Fund Reserve to balance the budget in 2015/16
  • There are no proposed changes to the recommended level of reserves

We would like your feedback on these proposals before they go for approval in February 2015.  Additional details on the Draft Revenue Budget for 2015/16 are included within the appendix.  The document can be accessed by clicking the links as detailed above:

Consultation details

When is the consultation taking place?

Start: 15 January 2015

End: 4 February 2015, 12 noon

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 details

Name:

Neil Hughes, Accountancy Manager,

Address:

Finance and Asset Management Services, Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough YO11 2HG

Telephone:

01723 232357

Email:

e: neil.hughes@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 2015/16

Outcomes of the consultation

  • Finding of the survey will be posted here in April 2015

Downloads

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