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Financial outlook and 2017/18 budget overview

This page summarises the council's financial outlook for 2017/18 and the strategy for drawing up the budget.

At the council's Scrutiny meeting on 22 November 2016 members considered a report and overview for drawing up the council's budget for 2017/18. The pdf icon Budget 2017/18 Overview [130kb] report provides detailed information.

Timescale

Based upon the strategy set before members, officers drew up a budget for formal review by members as follows:

The following are the key steps taken to draw up the budget:

Date

Step

September 2016

Public consultation carried out

November 2016

Budget consultation with local businesses

November 2016

Briefing for Scrutiny Committee

December 2016

Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement released by DCLG

January 2017

Finalisation of budget proposals

Confirmation of Local Government Finance Settlement

February 2017

Formal consideration of budget proposals by Members; Scrutiny Committee, Cabinet and Full Council

March 2017

Council Tax bills issued

1 April 2017

Financial year commences

 

Public and business consultation

This is the sixth year that a consultation asking for residents' views on what they thought the priorities should be for setting the council's budget for 2017/18. In order
to obtain as wide a body of opinion as possible a number of different consultations were run. These were a telephone survey of over 500 residents, an online consultation which could be found on the council website and paper questionnaires which were available for anyone to pick up from the council offices and information points around the district. A copy of the survey was also included in the summer Citizens Panel questionnaire.

Residents and businesses were asked which of the services provided by the council should be considered important. Residents were also asked whether they thought there should be any change in the level of council tax charged by the district council. A full pdf icon Budget Consultation Report 2017/18 [2357kb] was made available at the Scrutiny meeting as was the pdf icon Business Budget Consultation Report [3624kb]. The results are summarised in the tables below.

Spending areas - ranked top priorities

 

Public consultation

Business consultation

'Key services'

Emptying your bins and emptying public litter and dog bins

Planning how the district will develop in the coming decades, including where new housing and businesses will be located

 

Providing council housing and providing sheltered housing for older people

Emptying your bins and emptying public litter and dog bins

 

Planning how the district will develop in the coming decades, including where new housing and businesses will be located

Sweeping the streets, litter picking, clearing up fly-tipping
and keeping district council-owned land tidy

'Other services'

Working with the police and other organisations to keep Uttlesford safe

Working with the police and other organisations to keep Uttlesford safe

 

Enforcement work including prosecuting people for not paying council tax or council house rent, benefit fraud, fly-tipping

Promoting and supporting businesses in the area

 

Educating young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol

Enforcement work including prosecuting people for not paying council tax or council house rent, benefit fraud, fly-tipping

 

Council tax

The overall opinion was that council tax should remain the same, although compared to last year's survey there was a higher level of support for an increase.

 2017/182016/17
Keep Council Tax the same55.54%69.09%
Increase Council Tax27.40%18.90%
Decrease Council Tax14.07%12.02%

 


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