West Northants Budget - Public Consultation

The first draft budget for West Northamptonshire Council was approved for consultation by the Shadow Executive on 5 January 2021 and now we're seeking views on the proposals for when the council comes into existence in April 2021.

The 2021/2022 proposals maintain services and standards and propose no service reductions. We will take advantage of the efficiencies of running one organisation where previously there were four. Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are recommending a balanced budget on the overall revenue account of £323.6 million.

While the wider transformation programme is on target to deliver in excess of £80m annual savings across all eight councils in Northamptonshire, in West Northamptonshire we plan to commence the longer term transformation of services as soon as possible.

The Shadow Executive also considered the 2021/2022 Housing programme. The council proposes to deliver up to 200 new homes at a cost of £34.1m financed from the £59.8 million capital programme.

A lot of budget savings proposals relate to decisions that have already been made in previous budgets, the continuation of projects and financial adjustments to budgets with no service impact.

This questionnaire focusses on the new proposals for draft budget 2021-22 that will likely effect residents and service users:

  • Proposal to harmonise Council Tax rates for West Northamptonshire
  • Proposal that the average Council Tax is increased by 4.99%, comprising 1.99% core tax and a 3% adult social care precept
  • Draft Capital Programme 2021-25
  • Draft Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget, Rent Setting 2021/22 and HRA Budget Projections 2022/23 to 2025/26

However, you can comment on anything within the Draft Budget in the comment boxes.

Give Us Your Views

You can give us your views in a number of ways. Please visit the Future Northants Consultation Hub for all of the different ways you can give your feedback, including our online questionnaire.

The consultation closes at midnight on Tuesday 2 February 2021.

Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:32 by Site Editor

Tags: Local Government