Decision details

Town/Parish Council Localised Council Tax Grant

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To request a decision from Members for the approach the Council adopts to distribute the Town and Parish share of Local Council Tax Support Grant.

Decision:

That the Town and Parish share of the Local Council Tax Support Grant be removed completely.

Reasons for the decision:

To inform the budget setting process for 2014-15 and future years.

Alternative options considered:

Options

 

a)     Continue grant at current levels;

b)     Reduce 60% of grant in line with forecast Revenue Support Grant reductions (i.e. 25.1%);

c)      Reduce grant by 11%, meaning no Town Council/Parish Council would need to increase its precept by more than 2% to compensate;

d)     Remove the grant completely;

e)     Phase the grant out over 2 years (or a number of years).

Report author: Mark Finch

Publication date: 31/10/2013

Date of decision: 29/10/2013

Decided at meeting: 29/10/2013 - Cabinet

Effective from: 08/11/2013

This decision has been called in by:

  • Councillor Terry Jermy who writes I wish to write and request that the decision taken by Cabinet on Tuesday (29th October) i.e. ‘Town/Parish Council localised Council Tax Grant’ - is ‘called-in’ to be discussed by the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Commission. I do this on the basis that I do not feel that the Cabinet adequately assessed the impact that this decision would have, particularly given the additional costs that parish and town councils are facing given Breckland’s continued transfer of services and responsibilities to them. It is particularly disappointing that parish and town councils were not consulted about this decision in advance to ascertain the implications to them and I feel that the Council has a responsibility to do this."
  • Councillor Gordon Bambridge who writes I would like to call in the Executive Decision made in Cabinet on Tuesday 29th October 2013 regarding the Town/Parish Council Localised Council Tax Grant. My reasons are that this decision affects all of the wards in the district and therefore deserves a wider consideration of members of the council than that provided in Cabinet. And further that the OSC is the body to achieve this."
  • Councillor Shirley Matthews who writes I would like to call in the Executive Decision made in Cabinet on Tuesday 29th October 2013 regarding the Town/Parish Council Localised Council Tax Grant. My reasons are that this decision affects all of the wards in the district and therefore deserves a wider consideration of members of the council than that provided in Cabinet. And further that the OSC is the body to achieve this."
  • Councillor Cliff Jordan who writes My reasons are that this decision affects all of the wards in the district and therefore deserves a wider consideration of members of the council than that provided in Cabinet"
  • Councillor John Rogers who writes My reasons are that this decision affects all of the wards in the district and therefore deserves a wider consideration of members of the council than that provided in Cabinet"
  • Councillor Diana Irving who writes My reasons are that this decision affects all of the wards in the district and therefore deserves a wider consideration of members of the council than that provided in Cabinet."
  • Councillor Robert Richmond who writes My reasons are that this decision affects all of the wards in the district and therefore deserves a wider consideration of members of the council than that provided in Cabinet."

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