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Financial outlook and 2018/19 budget overview

This page summarises the council's financial outlook for 2018/19 and the strategy for drawing up the budget.

At the council's Scrutiny meeting on 21 November 2017 members considered a report and overview for drawing up the council's budget for 2018/19. The pdf icon Budget Review and Consultation Outcomes 2018/19 [111kb] 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 2017

Public consultation carried out.

September 2017

Budget consultation with local businesses.

November 2017

Briefing for Scrutiny Committee

December 2017

Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement released by DCLG

January 2018

Finalisation of budget proposals

Confirmation of Local Government Finance Settlement

February 2018

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

March 2018

Council Tax bills issued

1 April 2018

Financial year commences

 

Public and business consultation

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 Consultation on council spending 2018/19 report [3 Mb] was made available at the Scrutiny meeting as was the pdf icon Consultation on council spending 2018/19 business survey report [5 Mb]. 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

Emptying bins and running the recycling service

 

Sweeping the streets, litter picking, clearing up fly-tipping and emptying public litter and dog bins (The town or parish councils in Saffron Walden, Dunmow and Stansted are responsible for public litter bins in their areas)

Emptying bins for some businesses (businesses are charged for this service)

 

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 emptying public litter and dog bins (The town or parish councils in Saffron Walden, Dunmow and Stansted are responsible for public litter bins in their areas)

- Deciding planning applications and making sure new buildings and extensions are built according to approved plans and following building regulations

'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

- Collecting Council Tax for Essex County Council, Uttlesford District Council, the police, the fire service, town or parish councils and collecting business rates

 

Collecting Council Tax for Essex County Council, Uttlesford District Council, the police, the fire service, town or parish councils and collecting business rates

Promoting and supporting businesses in the area

 

Council tax

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

 2018/192017/182016/17
Keep Council Tax the same59.66%55.54%69.09%
Increase Council Tax23.18%27.40%18.90%
Decrease Council Tax13.24%14.07%12.01%
No opinion3.92%2.99% 

 


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