Decision details

Council Plan 2019-23

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the new Council Plan.


The Executive RECOMMENDS to Council that they approve the Council Plan 2019-2023.

Reasons for the decision:

1.    Since becoming a Unitary Authority in 1998 the Council has made savings in its annual revenue spending in excess of £80m. Of this over £18m has been removed from budgets in the last few years. By all comparative measures, the Council provides value for money. However, pressure on public sector spending remains and further significant savings will be needed over the next five years.


2.    The Council Plan is rooted firmly in the Conservative election manifesto of 2019. It puts these election commitments made then into the current financial context to provide the organisation with a strategic direction and framework to meet the challenges ahead. In order to meet this challenge, the council needs to find a framework for delivering services that allows us to adapt, innovate, find new ways of working and, in some cases, reduce what we do.

Alternative options considered:

None – the Council needs a comprehensive Council Plan to provide a coherent

framework to guide and prioritise its many activities over the life of this Council.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: No direct financial impact but the proposals will be costed as part of the annual budget process.

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Chief Executive.

Other reasons / organisations consulted



Corporate Management Team.

Contact: Harjit Hunjan, Head of Community Engagement and Equalities Email: Tel: 01344 351542.

Report author: Harjit Hunjan

Publication date: 22/10/2019

Date of decision: 22/10/2019

Decided at meeting: 22/10/2019 - Executive

Effective from: 30/10/2019

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