Decision details

Revenue Budget 2023/24

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the Council’s budget proposals for consultation


1          That the draft budget proposals for 2023/24 be approved as the basis for consultation with the Overview & Scrutiny Commission and other interested parties or individuals.


2          That the Treasury Management Strategy and associated documents at Annexe E of the Executive Director: Resources’ report be approved and the Governance and Audit Committee requested to review each of the key elements.


3          That the 2023/24 Schools Budget be set at the eventual level of the Dedicated School Grant income plus any accumulated DSG balances.


4          That the Leader of the Council be authorised to agree the allocation of the sums available for schools funding, having regard to the decisions and recommendations of the Schools Forum and to agree detailed budgets for services centrally managed by the Council.


5          That the Council Tax Base be set at 48,756 (Band D equivalents) for 2023/24 as outlined in Annexe H.


6          That the virements relating to the 2022/23 budget as set out in Annexes F and G be approved and recommends those that are 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 2023/24 as required by the Local Government Act 2003.

Alternative options considered:

The range of options being considered were detailed in the report and its annexes.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Expenditure >£400,000 & Affects more than 1 ward.;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: Council’s annual budget proposals.

Declarations: None.

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No.

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director: Resources.

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, Executive Director: Resources Email: Tel: 01344 352205, Arthur Parker, Chief Accountant Email: Tel: 01344 352158.

Report author: Stuart McKellar

Publication date: 13/12/2022

Date of decision: 13/12/2022

Decided at meeting: 13/12/2022 - Executive

Effective from: 21/12/2022

Accompanying Documents: