Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The County's Plans and Budget 2011/12 - 2015/16 - communication for all Parish and Town Councils

The County Council has sent the following communication to all Parish and Town Councils within the County. 

The intention of the communication is to help parish/town councils with their planning as they consider their own tax rates in light of the county (and relevant district) budget cuts, especially given the localism agenda and the decision some parish/town councils may take to invest in their local area.

The communication is reproduced verbatim below:

The County's Plans and Budget 2011/12 - 2015/16

I thought it would be useful to provide you with an initial overview of the County's plan and budget for the coming five years, which may assist you in your own planning and precepting decisions.

The County will need to make some £40m of savings (16% of relevant budget base) in 2011/12 to produce a balanced budget, with the year-on-year savings targets for the next five years amounting to £160 m. These savings requirements take account of Government funding cuts as well as providing for inflation, changes in demand for our care services, and the costs of a limited number of capital projects such as new schools. Details of the impact of these savings on service provision will emerge in the coming months as services finalise their plans and there is a commitment to share these details with you by the end of January.
The County at this moment is not planning for, or assuming, any council tax increase over the next five years, though it is assumed that a grant in lieu of council tax increases will be received from the Department of Communities and Local Government. The County will of course revisit its council tax decisions annually.
The knowledge that the County almost certainly will not increase council tax in 2011/12 may or may not provide an opportunity for parish/town councils and other precepting bodies to raise their own tax rates in 2011/12, especially if you believe local investment may be needed to ameliorate the impact of central government funding cuts impacting on other public bodies.
The Authority will of course be launching its full public consultation in December and, as in previous years, will be holding briefing sessions for other public bodies, the voluntary sector and businesses in January.

If you would like to find out more about our plans and budgets, please do not hesitate to contact in the first instance the County's Director of Finance and Procurement at the address below.

Nick Dawe
Director of Finance, Procurement and Property, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Local Government Shared Services, Res 1106, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB4 0AP.