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Final Revenue Budget 2021/22 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021/22 - 2023/24

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommend Forward to Council

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To recommend to Council:

·         The proposed revenue budget 2021/22 and the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021/22 to 2023/24 to enable the Council Tax to be set

·         The members allowance scheme 2021/22

·         The 2021/22 pay policy statement

·         The 2021/22 schools budget

Decisions:

Resolved to RECOMMEND: (to Council)

 

That

 

(1)          the 2021/22 budget, taking into account the results of the various consultations and equality impact assessments, be approved to enable the Council Tax for 2021/22 to be set (Appendix 2 to the report refers);

 

(2)          the Model Council Tax Resolution 2021/22, as set out in Appendix 11 to the report, be approved;

 

(3)          the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), as set out in Appendix 2 to the officer report, be approved;

 

(4)          the 2021/22 Members’ Allowance Scheme, as set out in Appendix 12 to the officer report, be approved;

 

(5)          the 2021/22 Annual Pay Policy Statement, as set out in Appendix 13 to the officer report, be approved;

 

(6)          the Capital Receipts Flexibility Strategy, as set out in Appendix 14 to the report, be approved.

 

[Call-in did not apply to the decisions above as they were reserved to full Council.]

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(7)          in accordance with Section 38 (2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, the Chief Executive be instructed to place a notice in the local press of the amounts set under recommendation 2 above with a period of 21 days following the Council’s decision;

 

(8)          the following be noted:

 

a)            the balanced budget position for 2021/and the budget gaps of £24.651m and £5.098m for 2022/23 and 2023/24 respectively (Table 5 of the officer report refers)

 

b)            the intention to increase Council Tax by 1.99% in 2021/22 (Paragraph 1.20 of the officer refers);

 

c)            the proposal to increase Council Tax by a further 3% in 2021/22 in respect of the Adult Social Care Precept (Paragraph 1.20 of the officer report refers;

 

d)            the 2021/22 budgets for Schools and Public Health as set out in Appendices 6 & 7 to the officer report;

 

e)            the assumed funding for the protection of social care 2021/22 through the Better Care Fund as set out in paragraphs 1.74 to 1.78 of the officer report;

 

f)             the requirement to develop a fully costed budget and implementation plan, to the value of a minimum £10m, to bring to Cabinet on preparation to feed into the budget setting round for 2022/23 (Paragraph 1.83 of the officer report refers;

 

Reason for Recommendation:  To ensure that the Council set a balanced budget for 2021/22.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Charlie Stewart

Publication date: 12/02/2021

Date of decision: 11/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 11/02/2021 - Cabinet

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