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What we have planned for this year / Our spending plans for 2022 to 23

Council Tax is the main source of locally-raised income for the District Council and it is used to meet the difference between the amount we wish to spend and the amount we receive from other sources such as business rates and government grants. 

Over the last 10 years, we have seen our Government grants repeatedly cut. In order to keep increases to your council tax bill as low as possible we have worked hard to make savings by increasing the efficiency of the services that we deliver to you.

Last year we were able to save over £569,000 through efficiencies and doing things differently, and we expect to save over £240,000 this year. Just one example of the ways we are achieving these savings is reducing the amount of carbon sourced power used in our buildings, this will save around £50,000 each year.

We can’t do it all through savings and we are going to have to increase the amount of Council Tax you will pay in 2022/23. The amount will be increasing by 10p a week for a Band D taxpayer, that is £5 per year.

Our service delivery

Although we only receive 10p from every £1 of your Council Tax bill, we are able to provide the following services:

  • Waste and recycling collection
  • Leisure services
  • Parking and public toilets
  • Promoting economic growth and regeneration
  • Support for homeless people
  • Street cleaning
  • Street warden service
  • Housing and council tax support
  • Planning and building control 
  • Environmental health and licensing services
  • Election administration

Additional actions to support our plans for this year also include:

  • Creating new roles to support the Climate Change Action Plan enabling us to step up our actions in response to the declared Climate Emergency
  • Supporting the Levelling Up projects, including the regeneration of Five Acres into a centre for sporting excellence
  • Continuing the regeneration of Lydney Harbour
  • Improving disabled facilities to enable independent living for those in need
  • Continue bringing in more affordable homes for residents in the district
  • Continue supporting our local economy as it recovers from the pandemic, and helping new businesses and social enterprises get up and running with our grant schemes

Our spending plan for 2022-23

Spending

2021/22

£000

2022/23

£000

Finance, Business Support & Jobs

3,969

4,207

Planning Policy, Performance, Shared Working & Climate Emergency

309

471

Housing, Town & Parish Councils (inc Town Centre development)

(142)

(89)

Governance, Sport & Leisure, Tourism, Arts & Communities (inc Community Safety)

716

655

Development, Asset Management, FEP & Infrastructure

564

813

Environment, Wildlife, Heritage & Culture (inc waste & recycling & AONB Designation)

3,695

3,530

Policy & Strategy, Cross Border Issues, Future Generations & Health & Well Being

1,679

1,774

Levies and Special Expenses

44

48

Asset Management Adjustment

(310)

(290)

Parish Precepts

2,578

2,745

Net Spending

13,102

13,865

which is partly funded by:

 

 

Specific Reserves

(1,906)

(1,324)

Which means we have a budget requirement of

11,196

12,541

which is financed by:

 

 

Government Grants

1,570

2,581

New Homes Bonus

617

702

Business Rates Retained

796

571

Collection Fund Surplus

14

86

Which leaves council taxpayers to pay

8,199

8,601

FODDC

5,621

5,856

Parish Precepts

2,578

2,745

 

8,199

8,601

 

How our budget compares with last year 

Budget Comparison £000
Budget Requirement 2021/22 11,196
Inflation & Contractual Changes 547
Parish Precepts 167
Savings (437)
Changes in spending on services 486
Movements in reserves & balances 582
Budget Requirement 2022/23 12,541

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