Decision details

Budget, Medium Term Financial Plan and Capital Strategy 2023-24

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the capital and revenue budget estimates and proposed Council Tax, the financial Medium Term Plan and the Capital Strategy




1)          the Breckland revenue estimates and parish special expenses for 2023-24 and outlined position through to 2026-27 (as set out in Appendix B and E of the report) be approved.


2)          the capital estimates and associated funding for 2023-24 and outline position through to 2032-33 (as set out in Appendix H of the report) be approved.


3)          the fees and charges shown at Appendix D and D2 of the report, for adoption on 1 April 2023 be approved.


4)          the Council Tax is set at £108.63 for a Band D property in 2023-24 (a £4.95 per annum increase on 2022-23 levels).


5)          the medium-term financial plan at Appendix A of the report be approved.


6)          the capital strategy at Appendix G of the report be approved.


7)          with effect from 1 April 2024 (subject to the necessary legislation receiving Royal Assent in time) the Long-Term empty property premium for Council Tax is applied after 1 year and the Second Homes Council Tax premium of 100% be applied.


8)          the Retail Hospitality & Leisure (RHL) NNDR relief and the Supporting Small Business (SSB) NNDR relief be approved for 2023-24 in line with Government guidelines and criteria.


9)       That the following approach be adopted for the Council Tax Support Fund:

a)     To apply the required reductions of up to £25 to all current LCTS claimants to their 2023-24 Council Tax bills in line with scheme guidance

b)     To maximise the use of the fund by providing an additional top up payment of £12 to all current LCTS claimants to their 2023-24 Council Tax bills

c)     To retain sufficient funding to provide additional S13A(1)(c) Exceptional Hardship Payment (EHP) funding and use this throughout 2023-24 to support new LCTS claimants with the same one off reduction to their 2023-24 Council Tax bills


Reasons for the decision:

To comply with budgetary and policy framework and allow consultation with Members and the public.

Alternative options considered:

1)     That the draft capital and revenue budget estimates, the draft medium term financial plan and the draft capital strategy are reviewed.

2)     Do nothing.


Report author: Alison Chubbock

Publication date: 06/02/2023

Date of decision: 06/02/2023

Decided at meeting: 06/02/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 14/02/2023

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