Public consultation on our draft budget for 2019/20 is now open and we’re keen to hear the views of residents on the proposals.
Our budget situation
Like all councils, we are managing our way through a period of significant change to our budgets. Between now and 2023/24, we need to find new, ongoing savings of £4.2 million, which is equivalent to 26 per cent of our net budget.
Between 2012 and 2020 it is expected we will have made ongoing savings of more than £12.5 million in order to deliver a balanced budget each year. The annual rate of savings required has increased from around £1 million to more than £1.5 million a year.
It will be increasingly difficult to continue to find savings at that level on top of the savings already achieved without affecting service levels.
As a result, we face some very challenging decisions in the years ahead so that we can balance the books.
The 2019/20 draft budget
The majority of savings proposed for 2019/20 do not have any impact on the services we provide. They are largely planned to come from internal reviews and efficiency savings. The cost of some services is proposed to rise.
We also propose a council tax increase of 2.98 per cent to our share of the council tax. This would add £6.12 a year (12 pence a week) to a band D property.
The following documents outline the proposals:
- Financial outlook and draft budget – Policy and Resources Committee report
- Draft capital programme
- Fees and charges
- Budget risks and assumptions
- Budget summary 2019/20 to 2023/24
- Car park charges
Public consultation runs until 4 January 2019.
Please give your views via our online form or write to:
Canterbury City Council
All comments received will be considered by councillors who will set the final budget and council tax at a Full Council meeting on Thursday 14 February.