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  4. 4. Residents' survey
  5. 5. Budget consultation

2. Open consultations

Below are the details of our current consultations:

  1. Budget Consultation 2023-2024 
  2. Earlswood and Redhill Commons Consultation

Budget Consultation 2023-2024

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is consulting on its budget proposals for the year ahead (April 2023 to March 2024).

Our proposals include some changes in the way the Council charges for and delivers services, that may affect you.

How to have your say

Complete our online survey

You can also:

The consultation closes at 12pm noon on Monday 16 January 2023.

We will be running a separate consultations on changes to some of our fees and charges, specifically car park charges and vehicle and operator licences. We expect the consultation for changes to vehicle and operator licensing to begin in early December and the consultation on parking charges to begin in early January 2023. More information about these consultations will be provided on this webpage in due course.

We have provided a summary of the budget proposals below. More detailed information is available to download at the bottom of the page.

Background

The Council has a strong track record of financial management and needs to plan each year for the money it will have available and how best to spend it.

Like all local authorities, we face continuing and new financial pressures due to a combination of factors. These include no central government funding since 2017, the current economic crisis including high-cost inflation, increasing energy costs and some remaining financial impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We therefore need to reduce our costs and increase the amount of income we generate so we can continue to deliver our high-quality services efficiently.

Headline figures

The budget proposes cost savings of £1.725 million and additional income of £1.186 million partially offset by unavoidable growth relating to staff pay and price increases of £1.942 million.

More about our proposals

Proposed changes to Council Tax

We are proposing to increase Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s element of Council Tax by the maximum amount permitted by Government without a local referendum, which the Government has confirmed to be up to a 3% increase (which equates to an extra £7.25 per year for the average Band D property).

It costs us more each year to deliver our services, and Council Tax is a very significant source of income for the Council, funding approximately 20% of our net budget. The proposed increase could generate an additional £0.368 million for the Council.

Proposed changes to fees and charges

We are proposing to increase some charges for non-statutory or optional services and introduce new charges in a small number of cases. This will help us cover the costs of providing these services in the future. The proposed increase could generate around £0.5 million for the Council next year.

You can download a full schedule of the changes proposed below.

Proposals for changes to Council services’ budgets

We are proposing reducing budgets in some service areas and increasing budgets in other areas.  In some cases this will change the service we provide – for example we are proposing to reduce some grant funding to some community organisations; in other cases the proposed budget changes reflect increasing costs or budget rightsizing. In total, these proposals result in a saving of around £0.75 million.

Proposals for changes to some staffing costs

We are proposing additional budget for staff contractual commitments and cost of living salary increases of £1.5 million.

We are also proposing reducing staffing posts and or budgets in some service areas. A review has shown that some vacant posts are no longer needed and some service budgets need to be adjusted to accurately reflect costs. These other changes will save the Council around £0.3 million.

Other budget pressures and changes to central budgets

There are some proposals reflected in our draft budget that we have very little direct control over. This includes government funding cuts, property management costs, forecast energy cost increases and necessary IT investment costs, which we think will cost the Council an extra £2.4 million. 

However we are also proposing some changes to our centrally held budgets, to save approx. £0.9 million.

Changes to the Capital Programme

The Council uses capital funding to pay for physical works such as development, and new plant and equipment. Additional capital spend of £7.7 million is proposed to pay for activities such as maintenance of our properties, vehicle fleet and ICT infrastructure, protecting and improving our open spaces and playgrounds, and supporting vulnerable and disabled residents to remain in their homes.

Downloads

Please note: we know that some of these files might not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Therefore if you need a file in an accessible format, please contact us. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. We will then contact you about the next step.

Telephone: 01737 276 000

Address:
Open consultations
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
Town Hall
Castlefield Road
Reigate
Surrey
RH2 0SH


Earlswood and Redhill Commons Survey

We want you to help shape how we look after these important public open spaces. Earlswood and Redhill Commons are owned and managed by the Council, overseen by the Earlswood Common Management Steering Group. Together they form one of the largest areas of continuous public open space in the borough, bordering Woodhatch, Mead Vale, Redhill, Earlswood and South Earlswood.

Your views

We’re seeking the views of visitors to Earlswood and Redhill Commons. We want to understand how people use the commons – including how often they visit, their favourite activities and what they think of the facilities. There is an opportunity to raise any concerns and we’re also interested in people’s attitudes to protecting biodiversity.

Take the Earlswood and Redhill Commons Survey 

The survey will close on 23 December 2022.

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