Every year, the council has to set a balanced budget to make sure the money we spend delivering services is in line with the money we have available.
We will set our budget for 2022/23 in February 2022 and we want to hear your views on our proposals.
What does Canterbury City Council do?
Canterbury City Council delivers a wide range of services, including:
waste and recycling collection
dealing with littering and fly tipping
dealing with planning applications
providing leisure centres and swimming pools
providing support for homeless people
Other services such as roadworks, social care, schools and libraries are delivered by Kent County Council.
How are Canterbury City Council services paid for?
The chart below shows where our money comes from:
Our draft budget for 2022/23
The draft budget proposes investing extra money in a variety of services in line with the council’s Corporate Plan priorities:
£250,000 a year in the grounds maintenance contract responsible for picking up litter and emptying bins on the coast and in the council’s parks and open spaces as well as grass cutting and maintaining sports pitches
£190,000 a year to ramp up planning enforcement activity
£88,000 a year in waste collections especially around the collection of food and garden waste
£32,000 a year in street cleaning
£30,000 a year to help unlock larger pots of money that are available to help combat climate change and its effects
We are also making operational savings of £1.1m in 2022/23 by streamlining internal processes and improving the way we work.
In addition, the draft budget puts forward proposals to make additional savings in 2022/23 by:
closing down the canterbury.co.uk website and Visit Canterbury membership schemes and finding other ways of effectively encouraging visitors to the district
stopping running Canterbury boot fair using our own staff but instead offering the option for a third party to take on responsibility for running a boot fair
reviewing and reducing overall support to outside bodies - in 2022/23 it is proposed these savings will mainly come from removing the subsidies for the Canterbury Food and Drink Festival, Whitstable Oyster Festival and BayFest. We are asking about this proposal separately, please click here to give us your views
We are proposing a 3% increase in fees and charges for services we provide, except where the charges are set by the government, restricted to income recovery only or have fallen behind what other providers are charging.
Some of the main changes proposed are 3% increases in: