Decision details

Revenue Budget 2019/20

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the Council’s budget proposals for consultation



      i.        the draft budget proposals for 2019/20 as the basis for consultation with the Overview & Scrutiny Commission and other interested parties or individuals is agreed.


     ii.        the Treasury Management Strategy and associated documents at Annex E of the Director: Finance’s report is agreed and that the Governance and Audit Committee review each of the key elements.


    iii.        the 2019/20 Schools Budget be set at the eventual level of the Dedicated School Grant income plus any accumulated DSG balances and additional Council funding within the limit set out in recommendation 2.4.


   iv.        up to £1m of additional funding for schools be made available from the Council over the next 4 years to help mitigate the financial impact of new schools.


    v.        the Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning be authorised to agree the allocation of the sums available for schools funding as set out in recommendation 2.4 having regard to the decisions and recommendations of the Schools Forum and to agree detailed budgets for services centrally managed by the Council.


   vi.        the virements relating to the 2018/19 budget as set out in Annex F and G of Director: Finance’s report is agreed and recommend that those over £0.100m for approval by Council.

Reasons for the decision:

The recommendations are designed to allow the Executive to consult on its draft budget proposals for 2019/20 as required by the Local Government Act 2003.

Alternative options considered:

The range of options being considered is included in the Director: Finance’s report and its Annexes.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: Council’s annual budget proposals

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Borough Treasurer

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Targeted consultation exercises will be undertaken with business rate payers, the Schools Forum, Parish Councils and voluntary organisations. In addition, this report and all the supporting information will be publicly available to any individual or group who wish to comment on any proposal included within it. Internal consultation is via officers, members and more specifically the Overview & Scrutiny Commission and its panels.

Method of Consultation: The Council’s web site, a dedicated mailbox and a letter to all business ratepayers.


Officers, members, business ratepayers, the Schools Forum, parish and town councils, and the general public.

Contact: Stuart McKellar, Director: Finance Email: Tel: 01344 352205, Arthur Parker, Chief Accountant Email: Tel: 01344 352158.

Report author: Stuart McKellar

Publication date: 18/12/2018

Date of decision: 18/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 18/12/2018 - Executive

Effective from: 28/12/2018

Accompanying Documents: