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Revenue Estimates 2023/24

Meeting: 21/02/2023 - Council (Item 11)

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Due to the timescale and print deadlines, the recommendations of the meeting of Cabinet held on 14 February 2023 will be circulated to Members in advance of the meeting of Council

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Item CB 23/15 referred from Cabinet minutes of 14 February 2023.


Members noted that the Revenue Estimates 2023/24 had been considered in detail by the Cabinet as part of the substantive item on Setting the Budget 2023/23 (Minute Number CB 23/11)


RESOLVED: That the recommendations at Minute CB 23/15 be noted.

Meeting: 14/02/2023 - Cabinet (Item 15)

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Recommendation (OS 23-5) of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of 26  January 2023


All budgetary matters will be considered in the substantive item on Setting the Budget 2022/23

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All budgetary matters were considered in detail in the substantive item on Setting the Budget 2023/24 (Minute Number CB 23/11).  However, the recommendations from the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of 26 January 2023 in relation to the formulation of initial draft proposals in respect of the Budget, including Revenue Estimates (Minute Number OS 23/5) were given due consideration as part of the substantive discussion.

Meeting: 26/01/2023 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 5)

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The report sets out the draft Estimates 2023/24 for scrutiny and the Committee are invited to make recommendations to Cabinet.


Due to its size the Estimates Booklet (Annex 1) is attached as a supplement.

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The report of the Director of Finance and Transformation and the Cabinet Member for Finance, Innovation and Property referred to the responsibility of the Cabinet under the Constitution for formulating initial draft proposals in respect of the Budget.  Reference was made to the role of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in assisting the Cabinet and the Council in preparation of the Budget for 2023/24 within the context of the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and the Council’s priorities.


Attention was drawn to the difficulties experienced within the budget setting process of incorporating an estimate of the scale of the ongoing impact of the pandemic and, more recently, the conflict in Ukraine and its impact on global economic conditions both next year and over the medium term.  Other financial pressures included the overall salary bill, IT infrastructure and increasing energy costs.  These had been mitigated in part by the good performance of investment and business rates income.


Members welcomed the better than anticipated provisional local government finance settlement for 2023/24 which included an allocation for New Homes Bonus and a Funding Guarantee for 2023/24 of £1.8m.  The overall funding increase on 2022/23, taking into account other grants rolled in, was £502.000 (7.2%).  However, beyond 2024/25 there was no indication in respect of core funding and uncertainty remained about the future of New Homes Bonus, the Fair Funding Review and Business Rates Retention which made financial planning difficult.


Particular reference was made to the referendum principles in respect of Council Tax increases and for the purposes of preparing the budget papers and updating the MTFS an increase of 3% (or £5 whichever was higher) had been assumed for 2023/24 and 2024/25.


The projected funding gap within the MTFS had been remodelled based on the provisional financial settlement and was now in the region of £1.7M plus £200,000 to be delivered from office accommodation. Members were advised that good progress had been made on achieving the savings target set previously of £350,000 to be delivered by April 2023.  However, it was increasingly challenging to identify/deliver savings going forward and the financial position remained difficult.  


It was indicated that the pension fund deficit was forecast to be recovered within the 10-year period of this MTFS. This did not mean that a deficit would not reappear as it was dependent upon the future performance of the pension fund.  How the risk of that happening might be lessened was subject to consideration.




(1)             the draft Revenue Estimates (attached at Annex 1) be endorsed for consideration by Cabinet at its special meeting on 14 February 2023; and


(2)             the Savings and Transformation Strategy be updated to reflect the latest projected funding gap as part of the budget setting process.


*Referred to Cabinet