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On an annual basis we produce a budget that aims to provide financial stability and long term prosperity whilst delivering services within affordable limits.
The budget setting process passes through a number of stages and takes account of several factors including funding from Central Government and local taxpayers, key local priorities and changes in legislation.
Following approval by Cabinet, we propose a budget for the forthcoming financial year. Each council portfolio details spending plans to address key challenges and assist the delivery of the council's stated priorities.
The budget setting process passes through a number of stages, and the reports detailing the approval process are shown under Useful Links.
The final proposals for the 2016/17 budget was considered by Cabinet on 24th February 2016, and by full Council on 2nd March 2016.
The views of local people and key stakeholders are an integral part of the budget setting process.
The council uses a Budget Simulator tool to encourage residents to have their say on council spending and services that are important to them. This tool was used in relation to the 2016/17 budget allowing residents to understand some of the potential implications and tough decisions that need to be taken by council members as part of its budget setting process.
Summary reports in relation to 2015/16 and 2016/17 Budget Consultation exercise 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.
The Council has produced an Efficiency Plan 2016, which brings together a number of important existing strategies including the Medium Term Financial Strategy and the Council's Delivery Plan. Its aim is to demonstrate that despite some significant challenges, the Council has a clear approach to delivering its future savings programme and its organisational and community ambitions.