Efficiencies: How we give you Value for Money
The present economic climate presents specific challenges for the Council as demand increases for services, whilst Government Funding (Revenue Support Grant (RSG)) for the Council continues to fall with an annual reduction of 44% in 2016/17 (Â£550,000) and 67% (Â£477,000) in 2017/18 and no RSG from 2018/19 onwards. The Council has seen a 57% (Â£3.1 million) reduction in RSG since 2010/11.
How we continue to be efficient
The future of Local Government finance now holds many uncertainties. However, the Council has greater opportunities in the form of:
- Retaining a proportion of Business Rates income locally and therefore having less reliance on Central Government support.
- Raising more Council tax income through the development of new homes which is linked to the Local Development Plan.
The Council has embraced the modernisation agenda and is committed to achieving continuous improvement and innovation in service delivery. It is also committed to working with partners to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses within the Borough of Brentwood.
Whilst the Council will explore opportunities to identify and secure additional income with which to support services, it is clear that there is also the opportunity to balance its budget through the strict management of expenditure levels and securing efficiencies.
The Council will ensure that services continue to drive through efficiencies and continually review their working practises and operations to try and make them as efficient as possible. This will be achieved by:
- Developing the cross party Essex Waste Strategy
- Implementing the Leisure and Recreation Strategy
- Reviewing vacant posts
- More strategic approaches regarding a review of service delivery models available.
- Review of current Committee arrangements.
How our budget is affected
The table below shows how the state of the national economy and the Government’s policy of reducing public expenditure has affected our budget.
|Council Tax Requirement in 2015/16||5,239|
|Net decrease in core grant funding||400|
|Decrease in net spending on services||-1.006|
|Transfer from General Fund Reserve||-285|
|Council Tax Requirement in 2016/17||5,504|
How the money is spent
The table below shows how much we plan to spend on each of the main services during 2016/17.
|Â£ thousands||Â£/each band D property|
|Community and Health||2,196||69.08|
|Planning and Licensing||1,516||47.69|
|Direct service costs||10,150||319.29|
|Total amount we need||10,231||321.83|
|Government Formula Grant||710||22.33|
|Business Rates Retention||1,578||49.64|
|New Home Bonus Grant||1,622||51.02|
|Collection fund Surplus & NNDR Pool Income||532||16.73|
|Use of General Fund Reserve||285||8.97|
How much do you pay?
The Council works out how much Council Tax must be collected by adding together the money needed by each of the four authorities. The total Council Tax the Council needs to collect in 2016/17 is Â£48,417,760 (excluding Parish Councils).The table below shows the Council Tax for an average property in band D.
|Amount Needed||Council Tax for each property in band D|
|Brentwood Borough Council||5,504,121||173.14|
|Essex County Council||35,926,833||1,130.13|
|Essex Police Authority||4,835,259||152.10|
|Essex Fire Authority||2,151,547||67.68|
|Total (not including Parish Councils)||48,417,760||1,523.05|
For every Â£1.00 you contribute in Council Tax, 11p remains with Brentwood Borough Council.
Medium Term Financial Plan