Consideration was given to the final financial plan proposals 2022/23 to 2024/25 for recommendation to Council on 22 February. The proposals included recommended revenue and capital budgets for 2022/23 and planned in outline for 2023/24 and 2024/25.
In his presentation the Executive Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Keeling thanked the Chief Finance Officer and staff for producing a balanced budget amongst the financial pressures and challenges of the covid pandemic. In addition to consulting the Overview and Scrutiny Committees in January and currently, the consultation on the budget proposals had included Parish and Town Councils Sept 2021and January 2022 and a 6 week public consultation.
Teignbridge Council as the District Council would receive only 9% of the £5.00 council tax increase for Band D property. The proposed budget would result in reserves of just over £2 million and a budget deficit forecast of £2.6 million for 2024. The final government settlement was still awaited. The council tax provided just £9.3 million towards the £57.2 million revenue required to run services. The remainder of the revenue was sourced from other resources.
Councillor Keeling advised of the intention to: continue allocated voluntary grants at 2021-22 levels for 2022-23 and ensure no funding cuts in 2022/23 for the CVS, CAB, East Teignbridge and Newton Abbot Community Transport; increasing the Councillors community fund to £1,200 each; maintaining rent subsidies; and no further grant for Carn 2 Cove.
The Chief Finance Officer advised that as the Council’s Section 151 Officer he had a statutory responsibility to present a balanced budget. Achieving continued allocated voluntary grants at the 2021-2 levels and other issues as presented by the Executive Member as detailed above could be achieved by approving the recommendation as detailed in the agenda report with amendments of the deletion of: the re-introduction of rural aid at £26,000 for 2022/23; and a provision for voluntary and community sector small grant scheme for 2022/23.
it was proposed by Councillor H Cox and seconded by Councillor Jenks that the proposal as detailed in the agenda report be approved subject tothe deletion of: the re-introduction of rural aid at £26,000 for 2022/23; and a provision for voluntary and community sector small grant scheme for 2022/23. in addition: funding for CVS, CAB, East Teignbridge and Newton Abbot Community Transport be maintained at 2021-22 levels for 2022-23; the Councillors community fund be increased to £1,200 each; rent subsidies be maintained; and no further grant for Carn 2 Cove.
This was carried by 7 for, 0 against and 2 abstentions.
The proposals as set out above be considered together with any subsequent consultation comments for approval by Council as the final budget for 2022/23 and the outline plan for the subsequent years 2023/24 and 2024/25.
The proposed budget includes:
· An increase in council tax of £5 or 2.78% to £185.17
· Continued funding for a climate change officer (with increased temporary resources) and enhanced planning enforcement
· Increased provision in the capital programme for climate change projects
· The continuing reduction in new homes bonus
· Other central funding reductions – in particular provisional assumptions for business rates for future years and reset of the baseline
· Reserves at 12.8 % of the net revenue budget or just over £2.0 million
· Increased support for housing including the Teignbridge 100 whilst backing business and bringing people and organisations together for local neighbourhood planning
· Infrastructure delivery plan investment funded by community infrastructure levy and external sources where available
· Continuation of grant funded South West Regional Monitoring Programme
· Town centre investment in infrastructure and employment
A new two year pot of £40,000 per annum for ‘Tidy Teignbridge’ initiatives to improve cleanliness for town and parish councils
· Paying £1 million off our pension deficit in 2022/23 to reduce ongoing contributions
· Additional temporary resources to deliver expediently the significant projects and proposals identified above and within the capital programme, service reviews and processes to identify business and system improvements/developments, estate management, governance and communications