Serving Spelthorne: Your say on the Council’s Budget

budget

Spelthorne Borough Council would like to invite people who live and work in the Borough to tell us about their views on the proposals for the 2022/2023 Budget and beyond.  We want to know which services are most important to local people to enable us to prioritise and make decisions about where to invest our budget.  

Our aim is to propose future budgets that are aligned with our corporate ‘CARES’ priorities:

  • Community: support residents and families by delivering services that keep our community connected and cared for
  • Affordable housing: be the driving force behind providing affordable homes within the Borough for residents and key workers
  • Recovery: maintain the Council’s financial sustainability and support recovery across communities and local businesses from the impacts of COVID-19
  • Environment: tackling climate change and make decisions that improve our environment
  • Service delivery: protect and adapt services to meet residents’ needs

Why we are consulting?

Help us decide the shape of the Council’s services budget for the next 2 financial years and beyond by completing the survey.

The consultation will seek to understand the needs and priorities for residents and businesses in the Borough which can be used by the Council to determine how best to balance its budget.

It will ask for your views and suggestions on the following subjects, as well as considering alternatives that people wish to propose, and is broken down into the following 8 sections.

  1. Provision of services
  2. Generating additional income
  3. Council reserves
  4. Council Tax
  5. Budget options
  6. Potential impacts
  7. About your response
  8. About you

Financial strategy summary

The Council’s financial strategy has involved targeting resources and services at those who need them the most e.g. vulnerable residents, providing discretionary services including Meals on Wheels, Community Centres, leisure services and an affordable housing programme. Securing long term income to offset the loss of grant we used to receive, through a commercial property investment portfolio has helped us support residents and businesses, most recently throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the broader economic impact of COVID-19 our investment asset’s income continues to perform very well, with us collecting over 99% of the rental due in 2020-21, generating £10m per annum to support the provision of services.

This careful use of income and cost control has helped us address gaps in funding, meet additional demand for services, invest for anticipated demand in the future and support innovative ways of delivering services.

COVID-19 has financially hit all councils reducing the amount of income we receive from sales, fees and charges on services such as car parking and making it more difficult for us to collect council tax and business rates. This will make the next few years’ budget more challenging.

Looking ahead we will be focusing on the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will continue to engage and support our communities and business groups. This Council will also focus on the delivery of affordable housing developments while ensuring that our decisions are underpinned by our commitment to tackle climate change.

Prize Draw

All responders, provided an email address has been left, will be entered into a prize draw to win a year's membership of either Spelthorne or Sunbury Leisure Centres.

This consultation has now closed

Timeline

  • Opened
    1 Nov 2021 at 00:00
  • Closed
    3 Dec 2021 at 23:59
  • Response to be published
    01 Feb 2022