Agenda item

Budget Setting, Medium Term Plan & Capital Strategy

Report of Executive Member Finance, Pablo Dimoglou.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Member Finance presented the report.

 

Councillor M Chapman-Allen asked if Officers could explain the discretionary business rate relief for local newspapers.  It was explained that this was a government initiative to provide discretionary rate relief to local newspapers allowing one allowance per company or property up to £1500.  The Central government would reimburse the local authorities for providing this discretionary rate relief at 100%, and the relief would be limited for a 2-year period only.

 

Councillor Cowen queried where some of the changes to discretionary charges had come from.  Councillor Dimoglou explained that as the new Executive Director Commercialisation was now in place, a full review would of fees and charges would be undertaken in the coming year.  It was confirmed that the fees and charges levels were proposed by the service areas

 

Councillor S Chapman-Allen felt concerned that the garden waste scheme would be increased again for the fourth year and should the Council Tax rise this would be a significant increase for residents. The Executive Director Place understood the context and added that the Councils’ income had improved by using the Book and Pay system, and that the fee suggested did not put the council out of kilter alongside other local authorities.

 

Options

That recommendations 1 to 8 are approved,

That amendments are made before recommendations 1 to 8 are approved.

 

Reasons

To comply with budgetary and policy framework

 

The Chairman asked that amendments were made to Recommendation 3 to reflect that the Discretionary Rate Relief for newspapers be approved for the 2-year period only.  In addition, Recommendation 8 should also be in conjunction with the Leader and Deputy Leader.

 

RECOMMEND to Council that:

 

1)    the Breckland revenue estimates and parish special expenses for 2017-18 and outline position through to 2020-21 (as set out in appendix B and E) are approved.

2)    the capital estimates and associated funding for 2017-18 and outline position through to 2020-21 (as set out in appendix H) are approved.

3)    the discretionary business rates relief for local newspapers as detailed in appendix I is approved for a two year period only.

4)    the fees and charges shown at appendix D and D2, for adoption on 1 April 2017 are approved.

5)    the Council Tax in the medium term plan be set at either:

a)    £5.00 increase per year (£78.98 for a Band D property in 2017-18) or,

b)    2% increase per year (75.45 for a Band D property in 2017-18, and increase of £1.47), or

c)    a value between 2% and £5, or a combination of a and b above

6)    the financial medium term plan at appendix A is approved

7)    the capital strategy at appendix G is approved

8)    £100,000 is allocated in the Organisational Development Reserve to fund feasibility studies for growth and investment projects which will generate a return to the Council.  That release of funding for individual feasibility studies be delegated to the S151 Officer in conjunction with the Strategic Growth Group and Finance Board and the Leader or Deputy Leader.

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