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Draft budget proposals (2022/23)

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is consulting on its draft budget proposals for the 2022/23 financial year.

The consultation runs from 22 November to 17 January and follows the Executive Committee’s approval of the Council’s draft 2022/23 budget proposals, including:

•    Revenue Budget savings and additional income proposals totalling £566,000, alongside the proposed total Revenue Budget growth of £567,000, meaning a net total budget growth of £1,000 
•    forecasting a total of £1.3 million ongoing income budget pressures in 2022/23, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
•    the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan Summary 
•    Revenue Reserve balances at 1 April 2021 of £41.74 million

Have your say

Key dates: The consultation opens on Monday 22 November 2021 and closes on Monday 17 January 2022 (online survey closes at 11.45pm, 17 January). 

To take part:  
•    Complete our online survey (paper copies available on request from 01737 276000 or send your details by email)
•    Send your comments by email to: [email protected]
•    Write to 'Freepost RBBC CONSULTATIONS' 
If you have any questions about the consultation or how to respond, call us on 01737 276000.

What are the proposals? 

Here is a summary of the main changes proposed to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s revenue budget for the year 2022/23:

Overall revenue budget: 
•    Total budget growth of £567,000. 
•    This is offset by total identified budget savings or new income of £566,000, meaning a net budget growth of £1,000.

Council Tax
•    To increase by the amount that Council is able to without triggering a local referendum. Based on previous years, this is assumed to be 1.99% or £5 per Band D property per year, however the referendum limit is still subject to confirmation by Government.

Revenue budget

Communications:
•    Proposed budget saving of £15,000 from a reduction in the frequency of the publication of Borough News

Community Partnerships: 
•    Saving of £50,000 from a change in the way CCTV is maintained
•    Saving of £168,000 from a pause in funding for medium grants, small grants, taxi vouchers, and reductions in staff and partnership projects funding

Electoral and Democratic Services: 
•    Proposed budget saving of £8,000 following a restructure of Electoral and Democratic Services team
•    Proposed budget growth of £47,000 to cover the cost of a new Elections Management System and other associated technology

Management Team: 
•    Proposed budget saving of £200,000 to be achieved following a review and restructure of the senior management team

Neighbourhood services: 
•    Proposed budget growth of £100,000 for additional waste crew due to increased household demand across the borough
•    Proposed budget growth of £135,000 to address alignment of various budgets
•    Proposed budget saving of £25,000 previously allocated to a Surrey Transit site
•    Proposed budget growth of £40,000 to deal with Ash Die Back disease

Planning: 
•    Proposed budget saving of £55,000 from deletion of a vacant staff post 
•    Proposed income increase of £20,000 from an increase in pre-application fees

Property & Facilities:
•    Proposed budget growth of £120,000 to cover an increase in business rates costs for council properties

Revenues, Benefits and Fraud
•    Savings of £5,000 from moving to electronic billing and publishing the Council Tax leaflet online only
•    Savings of £20,000 from reduction in costs of third party database support

To read about the draft proposals in detail, you can read the full set of papers submitted to the Executive (see item 7). We have also prepared draft equality impact assessments for some of the proposals. 

The proposals will be finalised taking into account the outcomes of the consultation.

What happens next?

The consultation closes on 17 January 2022. Comments received during this consultation will be taken into account by the Council when it finalises its budget for 2022/23. The budget will be discussed at the meeting of the Council’s Executive on 27 January 2022 ahead of it being formally debated at the Full Council meeting on 10 February. 

 

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