We need your views on how to shape our budget for next year, including the council tax we charge.
To give your views, fill in our budget questionaire by 5pm on Wednesday 21 November 2018.
How we fund local services
This year (2018/2019) we will spend just over £10 million (£10,305,900) on local services. We will receive over £6 million (£6,615,000) in council tax to help fund this. We will fund the rest (£3,690,900) through business rates, other grants, surpluses and New Homes Bonus.
The government has been reducing the amount of core government grant we receive every year, and next year, instead of receiving a grant, we will be required to pay £453,000 to the government (although this is currently subject to consultation). This means we will face significant and ongoing challenges providing the same level of services, and either need to make further savings or generate additional income to fund the services we deliver.
The two graphs below show how council services (after fees and charges) were funded in 2010/11 and how they are funded in 2018/19 to illustrate the changes:
We have a balanced budget for 2018/2019 however in 2019/20 we have a projected deficit of £1,222,940 (this could reduce to £769,940 if we are not required to pay money to the government following the consultation). The level of savings we have made in 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and to date in 2018/19 are shown below:
However, we need to find more savings and generate more income, as further cuts to our funding streams are likely. We will ask you to give your views on savings and income ideas in this questionnaire. Your responses will help in setting budgets for 2019/20 and beyond.
About your council tax
We only keep 10% of the council tax you pay (that’s about £170 a year for an average local home). We pass the rest to Staffordshire County Council, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue and local parish councils (as shown below):
The district council’s element of your council tax is used to fund the following key priorities (a vibrant and prosperous economy and capital investment and reserves currently produces an income contribution to offset the cost of other services):
We are among the lowest charging district councils in the country, so the services we provide are good value, when compared to many district councils nationwide. An average home in our district pays £170 a year for the services we provide, whereas Ipswich Borough Council charges £352 a year for similar services, (the table below shows compares council tax charged by district councils nationwide):
To meet our funding gap next year, we will consider increasing the amount of council tax we charge for our element of your bill. The government allows this council to increase its share of the council tax for an average home by a maximum of up to 3%. This increase together with housing growth is projected to provide an additional £264,000 of income which is near to the cost of running parks in Burntwood.
We will also ask you to give your views on the council tax we will set for 2019/2020 in the questionnaire.
To give your views fill in our budget questionaire by 5pm on Wednesday 21 November 2018.
If you would like this questionnaire in large print or an alternative format, please call 01543 308000. If you have any questions about this questionnaire email email@example.com