Derbyshire Dales: a beautiful place to live, work and visitSpending Plans and Priorities Phil Colledge Head of Finance
BUDGET CONSULTATION Priority services that the Council should spend most on: Creating and sustaining local employment Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour Keeping streets and public areas clean Improving the supply of affordable, decent housing Services that the Council should spend least on: Subsidising special events Tackling climate change Expensive general publicity Encouraging visitors to stay longer & providing Tourist Information Centres
CORPORATE PLAN 2011-2015 Based on budget constraints, the public’s wishes, Members’ aims, evidence of need Three priorities 2011-15: 1. Housing which meets local needs • Increase the availability of affordable housing • Improve housing for vulnerable people 2. A clean, green and prosperous Dales • Minimise waste & increase recycling • Enable development sites & business growth 3. Safe and healthy communities • Keep alcohol related crime low • Encourage active & healthy lifestyles
MAIN MESSAGES FOR 2013/14 • No proposed service reductions • No increase in Council Tax by the District Council
LOCAL GOV’T FINANCE SETTLEMENT Introduction of Local Retention of Business Rates Estimated Business Rates to be collected £16,797,000 Allocation: Retained by Central Government 50% £8,398,000 Derbyshire County Council 9% £1,512,000 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue 1% £168,000 Derbyshire Dales District Council 40% £6,719,000 £16,797,000 Derbyshire Dales’ share £6,719,000 Less Tariff £5,256,000 Business Rates Retained by District Council £1,463,000
LOCAL GOV’T FINANCE SETTLEMENT 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15“Formula” Funding £3,046,000 £2,846,000 £2,397,000Reduction over previous year 15.6% 6.6% 15.8%Comes on top of 15.6% grant reduction for 2012/13, and 16.2% cut in 2011/12i.e. more than 50% cut over 4 years.
FOUR-YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 £000s £000s £000s £000s Forecast Spending Level 9,492 9,513 9,651 9,792 Income from Council Tax -5,246 -5,246 -5351 -5,458 Income from Grants etc. -4,246 -3,864 -3,365 -3,195 Savings to be achieved - 403 935 1,139
APPROACH TO ACHIEVING SAVINGS Review & reduce spending across all services while minimising as far as possible the impact on residents - No service reductions in 2013/14 Consider shared services & other alternative service delivery methods Reduce fixed and variable employee costs while protecting existing employees as far as practicable Assess utilisation of reserves and balances Generation of additional income Increase fees and charges Consider future Council Tax increases - No increase proposed for 2013/14