Public consultation on Rutland County Council’s annual budget has started and runs until midnight on Wednesday 9 February 2022.
All of the feedback received as part of this consultation will be reported to Cabinet and Full Council at the end of February.
Some of the key points to note in our 2022/2023 budget are:
- The total cost of funding local services in Rutland in 2022/23 is £42.3million (up from £41.5million last year)
- The Council is having to adjust for £1.195million of budget pressures due to labour supply issues, additional tax burdens, inflation, and pandemic recovery
- The latest Local Government Finance Settlement has awarded Rutland County Council more money than it did in 2021/2022. However, this increase is not enough to cover the rising cost of services
- Despite making savings since it approved its last budget, the Council is projecting a £2.2million deficit from 2023/24 onwards
- The Council must aim to save a further £1.3million in 2022/23 to close the financial gap for the following year. These savings are included in the latest draft budget and will not have a significant impact on front line services.
- The draft budget for 2022/23 includes a Council Tax increase of 4.99%, which includes 3% to fund adult social care services.
- If approved, the average Council Tax for a Band D property in Rutland would rise by £1.75 per week, or 43p for anyone receiving benefits.
- The Council would also continue to provide an additional Council Tax discount of up to £100 for those on the lowest incomes.
- The draft budget for 2022/23 is balanced using £64,000 of the Council’s General Fund reserves
- Rutland currently receives £331 less government funding per household than other councils with the same responsibilities. As a result, just over 80% of the Council’s funding comes from Council Tax contributions, compared to a national average of around 60% for other councils
The Draft Budget for 2022/23 includes the follow spending plans for key frontline services:
- £13.9million for adult social care services which include day care, community care, residential care, and protection
- £5.8million to support children’s social care services such as fostering, adoption, residential care, and support for children with disabilities
- £3.3million to pay for waste services. This includes recycling and disposal of waste, as well as the cost of running Rutland’s recycling centres
- £2.4million for school transport and school support
- £2.2million to fund public transport and other services such as maintenance of all roads, car parks, footpaths, bridges, and street lighting in the County, together with the cost of winter gritting, traffic management and road safety.
- £1.9 million for public protection and environment, including street cleaning, grounds maintenance, trading standards and licensing services
- £1.27million for highway maintenance
- £1million for public transport
- £960k for leisure and culture services
This graphic shows how we plan to spend our budget for 2022/23 (click to expand):
The Budget is the Council’s plan setting out how money will be spent to help it deliver local services throughout the next financial year.
Rutland must set a balanced budget each year, where the amount spent on local services cannot exceed the total amount of money we get from the government, Council tax and fee and charges.
Full Council is required to approve an annual budget and Council Tax by 11 March each year.
Before Full Council approves the budget, a consultation must take place with the local electorate including local business in January and February 2022. This is to ensure that Council spending is focused on key areas.
The Budget Report 01/2022 considered by Cabinet on 18 January was prepared using the provisional local government finance settlement information issued in December 2021.
For each of the Council’s three Directorates, a budget workbook has been produced to provide more information, including further details about spending plans: