Council Tax ProposalsPublished Thursday, 8th February 2018
At the meeting of the Council on 22nd February 2018, Melton Borough Council will formally ratify its Council Tax for 2018/19 following the setting of its budget earlier in the month.
Melton Council has lost grant from the government of £933k between 2015/16 and 2019/20, which is a 42% reduction in the main grant the council receives from the government. This is in addition to the previous reductions of £1.9m or 57% over the period 2010/11 to 2015/16.
In order to help rural councils such as Melton manage these future cuts in grant the Government is allowing them to increase their average council tax by an increased rate of up to 3% a year. Therefore, due to the ongoing funding pressures being faced, Melton Borough Council have approved a 2.99% average increase in Council Tax for Borough Council purposes in order to support the continued delivery of key services.
This is an increase of £5.88 per annum or just under 12p per week in an average Borough Council Band D property. Despite the challenging financial situation the Council has been able to increase funding to support to a number of priority objectives. This includes increasing capacity to effectively contract manage the Council’s leisure facilities, as well as employing two Neighbourhood Support Officers to help tackle community and environmental issues as we refocus on our priority neighbourhoods. In addition to this, the additional income projected from the national increase in planning fees will be reinvested in the planning service to further improve the development control function and decision making processes.
Even within the changes in Council Tax the Council is still looking at a shortfall in funding for 2018/19 and has had to call on reserves in order to balance the budget. Whilst this isn’t sustainable in the long term, the decision to use reserves has been taken as a temporary solution whilst the developing Budget Management strategy, which outlines a number of savings, efficiencies and potential commercial opportunities, is delivered.
The Council has already developed a new service offer through timesage, which provides a series of affordable independent living solutions to ensure those you care about most are in safe hands. Further information can be found at www.timesage.co.uk
The Leader of the Council, Joe Orson, said:
“I am pleased to present the budget and Council Tax proposals to Full Council being my first budget as Leader. The Council has continued to manage its finances well against a background of reduced government grant but looking forward is facing a shortfall in funding. Therefore, whilst we remain committed to continuing to invest in our priorities we shall also be working with officers to deliver the savings and efficiencies required to balance the budget in the coming years. This includes developing further the Council’s commercial aspirations such as offering of the independent living services through timesage”
For more information please contact:
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 502 444
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