The council's budget for 2020/21 was approved on 25 February 2020.
Uttlesford District Council's budget proposals for 2020/21 were approved at Full Council on 25 February 2020.
The Uttlesford District Council part of the Council Tax will be increased to give a total council tax yield of £5,956,840.
The increase will cost a Band D property an extra £5 per year, taking the total Uttlesford precept for this type of property in 2020/21 from £151.51 to £156.61 in 2020/21.
You can find out on this page how the budget was approved, where the council's income comes from, what we will be doing in response to the public consultation and how the council will be spending your money in the coming year.
The budget proposals were considered at the following meetings where the proposals were formally approved. Reports and background papers which were submitted to each of these meetings can be inspected using the links below.
- Review of budget proposals at Scrutiny Committee on 4 February 2020
- Finalisation of budget proposals at Cabinet on 5 February 2020
- Approval of final budget at Full Council on 25 February 2020
Funding the budget
The budget lays out how much we plan to spend on each of our main services. We collect some of this money through Council Tax, but we have other sources of income from sources such as Localised Business Rates Retention (BRR), New Homes Bonus (NHB), Rural Services Delivery Grant (RSDG), fees charged for services and from investments.This chart show the main sources of the council's income.
We (Uttlesford District Council) collect your Council Tax and put it into a separate fund called the collection fund. We share this fund with Essex County Council, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and the parish and town councils.
Uttlesford District Council collects your council tax and puts it into a separate fund called the collection fund. This fund is then shared with Essex County Council, Police Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and the parish and town councils. These components of your council tax are called "precepts". The picture below shows, on average, where each pound of your council tax goes.
The Localism Act 2011 has made significant changes to the Local Government Finance Act 1992, and now requires the Council to calculate a council tax requirement for the year, not its budget requirement as previously.
The council generates some income from the fees it charges for services.
Business Rates (NNDR)
Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties, like shops, offices, pubs, warehouses, factories, holiday rental homes or guest houses.
This shows how much we (Uttlesford District Council) plan to spend on each of our main services.
Increase / (decrease)
Direct service Budgets
Net service expenditure
Recharge to HRA
Other Corporate Items
Investment incomes (net of charges)
New Homes Bonus Grant
Business Rates Retention
Rural Services Grant
Council Tax - Collection Fund Balance
Net Operating Expenditure
Net transfers to/(from) other earmarked reserves
Council Tax Requirement
Council Tax (precept levied on Collection Fund)
Breakdown of the council's net service expenditure
Further details are set out in the
General Fund and Council Tax 2020/21 report [439KB] to Council. In this, the budget summary in Appendix H provides details on the funding of each of the council's services.