Uttlesford District Council budget 2023/24

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We're asking you to tell us what our spending priorities should be in 2023/24.

Each year we have to prepare our budget and decide how much should be spent on the services we provide to the community.

We're asking you for your feedback on what our spending priorities should be in the financial year from April 2023 to March 2024.

Where we get our money from

Central government funding used to be the biggest single source of money for many councils, including Uttlesford.

For the current financial year 2022/23 the council’s total funding requirement is budgeted at £17,341,000. This figure is the net funding requirement after taking in to account fees for services such as Planning, Licensing, and car park income.

Government funding has reduced significantly over the years, a trend that is expected to continue. As a result, we faced significant challenges in balancing our budget. We decided to increase our revenue through a commercial investment programme – buying a portfolio of commercial property and then using the rent we receive to fund council services.

In the current year, this portfolio will generate additional net income of £5,658,000 to help us run the council. This compares with Council Tax of £6,404,000. The rest of the funding is a mixture of business rates, central government funding and use of council reserves, including those set aside in earlier years for specific purposes.

This has been successful, but even so there are continued financial pressures on us. This means that we need to ensure we remain efficient while continuing to provide the same high quality services.

The results of this consultation will help us to decide on the priorities for the budget for April 2023 to March 2024.

How to have your say

You can now give your views on what our spending priorities should be next year.

If you don't want to respond online, paper copies of the questionnaire are available by calling 01799 510510.

After you've responded

All of the views we receive will be considered as part of the final budget proposals for 2023/24. The proposals will be discussed by the Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet before being debated and voted on at the full council meeting in February 2023.

We're asking you to tell us what our spending priorities should be in 2023/24.

Each year we have to prepare our budget and decide how much should be spent on the services we provide to the community.

We're asking you for your feedback on what our spending priorities should be in the financial year from April 2023 to March 2024.

Where we get our money from

Central government funding used to be the biggest single source of money for many councils, including Uttlesford.

For the current financial year 2022/23 the council’s total funding requirement is budgeted at £17,341,000. This figure is the net funding requirement after taking in to account fees for services such as Planning, Licensing, and car park income.

Government funding has reduced significantly over the years, a trend that is expected to continue. As a result, we faced significant challenges in balancing our budget. We decided to increase our revenue through a commercial investment programme – buying a portfolio of commercial property and then using the rent we receive to fund council services.

In the current year, this portfolio will generate additional net income of £5,658,000 to help us run the council. This compares with Council Tax of £6,404,000. The rest of the funding is a mixture of business rates, central government funding and use of council reserves, including those set aside in earlier years for specific purposes.

This has been successful, but even so there are continued financial pressures on us. This means that we need to ensure we remain efficient while continuing to provide the same high quality services.

The results of this consultation will help us to decide on the priorities for the budget for April 2023 to March 2024.

How to have your say

You can now give your views on what our spending priorities should be next year.

If you don't want to respond online, paper copies of the questionnaire are available by calling 01799 510510.

After you've responded

All of the views we receive will be considered as part of the final budget proposals for 2023/24. The proposals will be discussed by the Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet before being debated and voted on at the full council meeting in February 2023.

  • Complete our short survey to give your views on Uttlesford District Council's budget for 2023-24. 

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