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General Fund Budget 2024/25

Meeting: 27/02/2024 - Council (Item 8)

8 Summary General Fund Revenue Budget 2024/25, Cabinet 6 February pdf icon PDF 366 KB

It is recommended that Council considers the report and, if satisfied:

 

A)   Review the detailed budgets presented at Appendix B, and summarised at Appendix A, with an estimated General Fund Gross Operating Expenditure for 2024/2025 of £76.887 million, estimated Gross Operating Income of £48.331 million and estimated General Fund Net Operating Expenditure of £28.555 million.

 

B)   Acknowledge the key factors which have led to the proposed 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget, with service pressures summarised at Appendix C and offsetting efficiency savings/policy options summarised at Appendix D.

 

C)   Acknowledge that the 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget gross expenditure is covered by forecast income sources (assuming no change in Government grant) and, therefore, any addition(s) to expenditure that are made by the Cabinet or Council will need to be met from the General Fund Balance.

 

D)   Approve the 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget taking into account the statement by the Chief Finance Officer on the risks and robustness of the estimates as required under Section 25 of the Local Government Act 2003 (reproduced at Appendix F).

 

E)   Set the Council Tax Requirement for 2024/2025 at £11,688,648.

 

F)   Approve an increase in the District element of the Council Tax of £5 per annum, giving an average Band D Council Tax of £170.31, plus the relevant amounts required by the precepts of the Parish Councils, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Cambridgeshire Fire Authority and The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA).

 

G)  Approve the estimates of the amounts required to be made under the Non-domestic Rating (Rates Retention) Regulations 2013 as set out in paragraphs 38 - 41.

 

H)   Approve the use of the additional income from the Business Rate Pool, estimated at £1,100,000 in 2024/2025, for transfer to the established Renewables Reserve for priority projects.

 

I)     Subject to any changes to the recommendations above, Council approves:

(i)      The 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget based on known commitments at this time and planned levels of Service/functions resulting in a Budget Requirement of £37.132 million.

(ii)     The District Council Precept on the Collection Fund (Council Tax Requirement) of £11.689 million in 2024/2025 (based on the final Government Settlement) and a Band D Council Tax of £170.31.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council agreed to

 

A)        Review the detailed budgets presented at Appendix B, and summarised at Appendix A, with an estimated General Fund Gross Operating Expenditure for 2024/2025 of £76.887 million, estimated Gross Operating Income of £48.331 million and estimated General Fund Net Operating Expenditure of £28.555 million.

 

B)        Acknowledge the key factors which have led to the proposed 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget, with service pressures summarised at Appendix C and offsetting efficiency savings/policy options summarised at Appendix D.

 

C)        Acknowledge that the 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget gross expenditure is covered by forecast income sources (assuming no change in Government grant) and, therefore, any addition(s) to expenditure that are made by the Cabinet or Council will need to be met from the General Fund Balance.

 

D)        Approve the 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget taking into account the statement by the Chief Finance Officer on the risks and robustness of the estimates as required under Section 25 of the Local Government Act 2003 (reproduced at Appendix F).

 

E)        Set the Council Tax Requirement for 2024/2025 at £11,688,648.

 

F)        Approve an increase in the District element of the Council Tax of £5 per annum, giving an average Band D Council Tax of £170.31, plus the relevant amounts required by the precepts of the Parish Councils, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Cambridgeshire Fire Authority and The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA).

 

G)       Approve the estimates of the amounts required to be made under the Non-domestic Rating (Rates Retention) Regulations 2013 as set out in paragraphs 38 - 41.

 

H)        Approve the use of the additional income from the Business Rate Pool, estimated at £1,100,000 in 2024/2025, for transfer to the established Renewables Reserve for priority projects.

 

I)          Subject to any changes to the recommendations above, Council approves:

(i)     The 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget based on known commitments at this time and planned levels of Service/functions resulting in a Budget Requirement of £37.132 million.

(ii)    The District Council Precept on the Collection Fund (Council Tax Requirement) of £11.689 million in 2024/2025 (based on the final Government Settlement) and a Band D Council Tax of £170.31.

Minutes:

Councillor John Williams, the Lead Cabinet Member for Resources, presented this report, which provided a summary of the General Fund Revenue Budget for 2024/25 and recommended that Council approve the Revenue Budget. He thanked officers for their work in identifying savings and generating income of over £7m a year. He listed the various projects the Council was funding.

 

Councillor Heather Williams proposed and Councillor Graham Cone seconded an amendment to the budget, as laid on page 225 of the agenda. Councillor Heather Williams explained that the amendment proposed changes to the Budget that her Group disagreed with, whilst maintaining the parts the Group supported. She asserted that due to the cost-of-living crisis the Council should not be increasing its Council Tax. The Contact Centre and Planning Enforcement required more resources, as did tackling isolation and the amendment made provision for this. Savings could be realised by scrapping the four-day week and reducing funding for the Transformation project, Members’ Special Responsibility Allowances and the South Cambs News magazine.

 

Councillor Tom Bygott supported the amendment as increasing the Council Tax was an unacceptable burden on residents who were facing so many other financial pressures. Councillor Dr Richard Williams agreed with Councillor Bygott and he added that the backlog of Planning Enforcement cases justified the amendment, as did the current costs of the Transformation project. Councillor Dr Shrobona Bhattacharya expressed her support for the amendment, as the Council should be doing more to tackle isolation and loneliness in the District, especially as the population was becoming more diverse, which made integration a bigger challenge.

 

Councillor Brian Milnes opposed the amendment and asserted that the Conservative Government was partly responsible for the financial pressures faced by residents. Councillor James Hobro opposed the amendment as the Council had a duty to deliver value for money services and the four-day week initiative was delivering this by making it easier to recruit, especially to the Planning service. Councillor Helene Leeming explained that the proposed reduction in the Transformation budget would adversely affect the services of the Communications, Communities team, HR, Facilities Management and the Policy team, which came under the Transformation umbrella. This would do great harm to the Council and so she could not support the amendment. Councillor Richard Stobart expressed his support for accurate data collection which the amendment would reduce funding for, so he opposed the amendment. Councillor Dr Susan van de Ven stated that the increase in Council Tax would allow the authority to support its most vulnerable residents and South Cambs magazine reached those who did not have access to the internet. For these reasons she did not support the amendment. Councillor Bridget Smith stated that the amendment was irresponsible as freezing Council Tax would create a budget gap that could only be covered through further cuts to services. Not all the extra officers proposed in the amendment were required and halving the number of editions of South Cambs magazine would isolate some residents. Councillor John Williams opposed the amendment, which would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8


Meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet (Item 81)

81 Summary General Fund Revenue Budget 2024/2025 pdf icon PDF 366 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

a) Noted the detailed budgets presented at Appendix B, and summarised at Appendix A, with an estimated General Fund Gross Operating Expenditure for 2024/2025 of £76.731 million, estimated Gross Operating Income of £48.306 million and estimated General Fund Net Operating Expenditure of £28.425 million.

 

b) Acknowledged the key factors which have led to the proposed 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget, with service pressures summarised at Appendix C and offsetting efficiency savings/policy options summarised at Appendix D.

 

c) Acknowledged that the 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget gross expenditure is covered by forecast income sources (assuming no change in Government grant) and, therefore, any addition(s) to expenditure that are made by the Cabinet or Council will need to be met from the General Fund Balance.

 

d) Approved the 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget taking into account the statement by the Chief Finance Officer on the risks and robustness of the estimates as required under Section 25 of the Local Government Act 2003 (reproduced at Appendix F).

 

e) Set the Council Tax Requirement for 2024/2025 at £11,688,650.

 

f) Approved an increase in the District element of the Council Tax of £5 per annum, giving an average Band D Council Tax of £170.31, plus the relevant amounts required by the precepts of the Parish Councils, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner, the Cambridgeshire Fire Authority, and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor.

 

g) Approved the estimates of the amounts required to be made under the Non-domestic Rating (Rates Retention) Regulations 2013 as set out in paragraphs 38 - 41.

 

h) Approved the use of the additional income from the Business Rate Pool, estimated at £1,100,000 in 2024/2025, for transfer to the established Renewables Reserve for priority projects.

 

i) Recommended to Council that it approves:

 

(i)            The 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget based on known commitments at this time and planned levels of Service/functions resulting in a Budget Requirement of £37.125 million.

(ii)          The District Council Precept on the Collection Fund (Council Tax Requirement) of £11.689 million in 2024/2025 (based on the Provisional Government Settlement) and a Band D Council Tax of £170.31.

 

Minutes:

Councillor John Williams, Lead Cabinet Member for Resources, introduced the report and moved the recommendations. In so doing, Councillor Williams noted that the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor’s precept had been mistakenly omitted from the report. It was further advised that the report came at time of local government funding pressure, with many councils issuing 114 notices. South Cambridgeshire District Council had a track record of prudent and robust financial management, as highlighted by the recent Peer Review. It was recognised, however, that future pressures were anticipated.

 

The recommendations were seconded by Councillor Bridget Smith, who thanked the Lead Cabinet Member and officers for their work.

 

Resolution

 

Cabinet:

 

a)    Noted the detailed budgets presented at Appendix B, and summarised at Appendix A, with an estimated General Fund Gross Operating Expenditure for 2024/2025 of £76.731 million, estimated Gross Operating Income of £48.306 million and estimated General Fund Net Operating Expenditure of £28.425 million.

 

b)    Acknowledged the key factors which have led to the proposed 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget, with service pressures summarised at Appendix C and offsetting efficiency savings/policy options summarised at Appendix D.

 

c)    Acknowledged that the 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget gross expenditure is covered by forecast income sources (assuming no change in Government grant) and, therefore, any addition(s) to expenditure that are made by the Cabinet or Council will need to be met from the General Fund Balance.

 

d)    Approved the 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget taking into account the statement by the Chief Finance Officer on the risks and robustness of the estimates as required under Section 25 of the Local Government Act 2003 (reproduced at Appendix F).

 

e)    Set the Council Tax Requirement for 2024/2025 at £11,688,650.

 

f)     Approved an increase in the District element of the Council Tax of £5 per annum, giving an average Band D Council Tax of £170.31, plus the relevant amounts required by the precepts of the Parish Councils, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner, the Cambridgeshire Fire Authority, and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor.

 

g)    Approved the estimates of the amounts required to be made under the Non-domestic Rating (Rates Retention) Regulations 2013 as set out in paragraphs 38 - 41.

 

h)    Approved the use of the additional income from the Business Rate Pool, estimated at £1,100,000 in 2024/2025, for transfer to the established Renewables Reserve for priority projects.

 

i)     Recommended to Council that it approves:

 

(i)            The 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget based on known commitments at this time and planned levels of Service/functions resulting in a Budget Requirement of £37.125 million.

(ii)          The District Council Precept on the Collection Fund (Council Tax Requirement) of £11.689 million in 2024/2025 (based on the Provisional Government Settlement) and a Band D Council Tax of £170.31.

 

Options Considered

 

There were options to remove or add items to the budget but, based on previous Cabinet decisions and the detailed discussions held with spending officers, the General Fund Revenue Budget as presented included all items required to deliver council  ...  view the full minutes text for item 81