What happens next?

Update

Since the Executive meeting on 5 December 2017, at which budget proposals for 2018-19 and 2019-20 were approved for consultation, the Government has announced that councils have been given the power to increase their core Council tax requirement next year by an additional 1%, on top of the existing 1.99%, without a local referendum. This is in addition to the existing extra 3% Council tax increase councils are allowed to charge next year to assist with paying for social care. This change would result in a total 5.99% rise in Council tax in Bradford District from April this year.

 

In 2013-14 the Government grant to the Council was £183 million. Government have indicated that the core grant to Bradford will be zero by 2020. The Government's funding announcement for local government in December 2017 included no additional funding for adult and children’s social care. The Executive is therefore inclined to factor this extra increase into the final budget proposals which will be recommended to Full Council on 22 February 2018. A proposal to add the extra 1% core Council tax precept is now part of the budget consultation which closes on 28 January.

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The Council is committed to consulting with local people, businesses, groups, trade unions, staff and other interested parties throughout our budget setting process to:

  • be as open, fair and transparent as possible
  • meet our responsibilities under best value statutory guidance
  • ensure we meet our specific duties under the public sector equalities legislation
  • and, most importantly, to provide councillors with more information to help them to come to a judgement on the difficult decisions to be made when setting the budget.

To ensure that the Council complies with its public sector equality duty, and to support the Council to set the Budget for 2018-19 and 2019-20 in as fair and as transparent a way as possible, the draft proposals are subject to a systematic process of Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs).

Preliminary Equality Impact Assessments have been carried out to support the development of the draft proposals and to give initial consideration as to how the draft proposals may affect particular groups and communities.  Where any potential disproportionate impact on groups identified in the equality legislation is highlighted, the actions that could be taken to mitigate or remove those negative effects are considered.

Savings agreed by Budget Council at its February 2017 meeting have already been subject to consultation. However there are some revisions to previously agreed decisions, and they require further consultation.

The draft new and revised proposals are published for consultation and the Executive has demonstrated in the past that it is prepared to listen and to modify, change and, if appropriate, withdraw budget proposals in response to the outcomes of public consultation.

You can give us your views through our website or by post, free of charge, as outlined below:

  1. Use the printable form on these pages or pick up a copy at a Bradford Council library or customer service centre.
  2. Pop it in an envelope.
  3. On the front of the envelope – please write

    Freepost Bradford Council

    only, all in one line and in the middle of the envelope.
  4. On the back of the envelope – please write

    Budget consultation

    (and nothing else).

Front of envelope: Freepost Bradford Council. Back of envelope: Budget consultation

The consultation will be open until Sunday, 28 January to give enough time for feedback to be properly considered. The sooner you can send us your comments the better.

Please be as specific as you can in your feedback. If you are feeding back about more than one proposal, if possible please give your feedback separately for each particular proposal – telling us what your concerns are and what improvements or alternatives you think the Council should adopt. You can, of course, send this all to us together in the same envelope.

Feedback from the consultation process will inform the development of the Executive’s final budget recommendation which will be published in February 2018, prior to the Council meeting on 22 February 2018.

The Council will meet to decide its budget and spending plans for 2018-19 and 2019-20 on Thursday, 22 February 2018.

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