Budget and Council Tax 2016/17


Budget and Council Tax 2016/17

Rother District Council is consulting on its draft revenue budget and Council Tax for the 2016/17 financial year.  Consultation CLOSED 16 February 2016.

The consultation report went to the Council meeting on 22 February 2016 when the Council decided to adopt the draft revenue budget and raise the Council's part of the Council Tax by 1.94%.

Consultation results here.

A position statement on progress went to the Cabinet meeting 15 February 2016

Read our proposals

The Government is going to reduce our funding grant by another £800,000 in 2016/17 and an additional £1 million by March 2020.

When added to other cost pressures, the Council expects to have to save around £3 million in total by 2020. 

Background information and a copy of the draft budget are on  Overview and Scrutiny Committee 25 January 2016 and Cabinet 15 February 2016

The Council's Corporate Plan 2014 - 2021 responds to the funding cuts but still builds on our ambition to maintain and improve your district.  Our priority is economic development - more jobs, more businesses.

Councillor Lord Ampthill, Rother District Council cabinet member for finance, said: "Unfortunately, it is not only a case of the Council becoming more efficient.  We have made huge savings over the last five years and have reduced staffing levels dramatically.  We are doing everything we can to drive down costs.

Rother District Council's Council Tax charge has not risen since 2010.  While we recognise the difficult economic times we are all experiencing, we are proposing to increase the annual Council Tax charge for 2016/17 by £3.13 (1.94%) for a Band D household.  In total, this will raise an additional £115,200 for the Council and will be used to support the services we deliver.  Those residents on very low incomes will continue to be protected from paying the majority of the charge by the Council's local Council Tax reduction scheme.

No decisions have been made yet on the budget or Council Tax proposals.  These will be debated through the Council's committee system before a final decision is made at the end of February 2016."

Please read this information before sending in your response.  Answers to public questions are in the weekly updates, attached to this article.

If you have any further questions you can email consultations@rother.gov.uk

or write to Draft Budget Consultation, Service Manager - Finance and Welfare, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill, East Sussex TN39 3JX 

If you missed this opportunity but still want to take part in the detailed consultations later this year, register with the Rother Citizens Panel

East Sussex County Council has carried out its own consultation and decided at its budget meeting on 9 February 2015 to raise their part of the Council Tax by 3.99%.  2% of this is for social care permitted by the Government.  Read more here https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/yourcouncil/finance/budget/

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