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St Helens Borough Council, like other councils across the country, continues to face financial challenges in providing good quality services and ensure the council remains financially sustainable for the future.
In setting a budget for 2021/22, the council continues to face a number of significant financial pressures that existed before factoring in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Providing additional support and facing reductions in revenue streams, as a result of the pandemic, has had a significant impact upon all local authorities, with the impact forecast to be felt over a sustained period.
Key to the success of our recovery is working with all stakeholders across the borough, including public and private sector, and the community and voluntary sector to shape the future economy of the town. As well as the ongoing impact of COVID-19, other significant uncertainties that will impact upon the council's future budget exist, including:
A 'Budget Strategy 2021-2022' report was presented to Cabinet on 7 October 2020, with a further report detailing progress in identifying potential savings proposals to meet the anticipated budget gap for 2021/22 and future years being presented to Cabinet on 6 January 2021. The final budget-setting report, the 'Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2024 and Revenue & Capital Budget 2021/22', was approved by Cabinet on 24 February 2021 and by full Council on 3 March 2021. These reports can be found under 'Useful Links' below and a copy of the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2024 and Revenue & Capital Budget 2021/22 can be found under 'Related Documents'.
We ran a budget consultation that ended on 12 February 2021. Thanks to everyone who submitted their views. You can still read our Budget Challenge 2021/22 booklet and the results of the budget consultation can be found in the Budget Consultation Outcome Report 2021-22, under 'Related Documents'.
The budget setting process passes through a number of stages, and the reports detailing the approval process are shown under 'Useful Links' below. The budget reports detail how portfolios plan to address key challenges and deliver the council's stated priorities.
The Spending Review 2020, announced by Government in November 2020, was a one-year spending review for 2021/22. In line with this, the council has set a budget for 2021/22.
The budget for 2021/22 was approved by Cabinet on 24 February 2021 and by full Council on 3 March 2021. The Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2024 and Revenue & Capital Budget 2021/22 can be found under 'Useful Links'.
The views of local people and key stakeholders are an integral part of the budget-setting process.
The council ran a budget consultation exercise, in relation to the budget for 2021/22, that ended on 12 February 2021, providing information in relation to the budget challenge that the council faces. The budget challenge information can be found under 'Related Documents'. The exercise allowed residents to have their say on council tax proposals and which services are priorities to them.
Summary reports in relation to the 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 budget consultation exercises can be found under 'Related Documents'.
Following consultation with the public and key stakeholders the proposed budget is approved by Members at the end of February/beginning of March.
Every year the Council publishes a Budget Book setting out the agreed budget for the forthcoming financial year.
This document can be found under Related Documents.