Efficiencies: How we give you Value for Money
The financial pressures that face Local Government are well known. Despite these pressures however, the Council remains committed to both the maintenance of service delivery and continuing to improve community outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the residents of Brentwood.
The Council is not unique in having to manage a period of uncertainty, this is even more important when one considers the current situation surrounding BREXIT. That said the Council remains resolute in its wish to:
a) Continue to provide services of the highest quality.
b) Be innovative in the way it delivers services.
c) Always place the community at the heart of its service offering.
d) Always consider how to protect the needy and vulnerable in our society.
e) Provide a system of local government which is accountable and responsive to the challenges which the community in Brentwood could face.
How we continue to be efficient
The future of Local Government finance now holds many uncertainties. Currently there have been no Government Funding forecasts announced yet for years 2020/21 and beyond due to two technical papers out for consultation regarding Fair Funding Review and Business Rates Retention.
Therefore, the Council has embraced it’s modernization 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 practices and operations to try and make them as efficient as possible. This will be achieved by:
- Increasing the Commercial activity, through a Joint Venture Partner & Seven Arches Investments Limited. (Wholly Owned Company Registered by the Council)
- Developing the Councils partnership aspirations to deliver quality front and back office services.
- Producing a Car Parking Strategy & implementing a Leisure Strategy with significant financial investment.
- Agreeing a Local Development Plan.
- Prepare, practice and educate all in the matters of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning.
- Producing a New Corporate Plan for 2019-2022.
- Review of the Council’s Constitution, Risk Management and Annual Governance.
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 2018/19||5,969|
|Net decrease in core grant funding||253|
|Decrease in net spending on services||-163|
|Movement of Transfer from Earmarked & General Fund Reserve||140|
|Council Tax Requirement in 2019/20||6,199|
How the money is spent
The table below shows how much we plan to spend on each of the main services during 2019/20. Using a Council Tax base of 32,863.20 for the number of properties within the Borough.
|2019/20 Planned Spend|
|Corporate Vision||£’000||£/each Band D Property|
|Environment & Housing Management||2,415||73.48|
|Community and Health||1,113||33.86|
|Planning and Licensing||564||17.15|
|Direct Service Costs||8,397||255.50|
|Total amount we need||9,736||296.27|
|Government Formula Grant||0||0|
|Business Rates Retention||1,800||54.77|
|New Home Bonus Grant||678||20.64|
|Collection Fund Surplus & NNDR Pool Income||-333||-10.13|
|Council Tax - Brentwood||6,199||188.62|
|Council Tax - Parishes||549||16.70|
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 2019/20 is £6,198,985 (excluding Parish Councils).The table below shows the Council Tax for an average property in band D.
|Amount Needed||Council Tax for each property at Band D|
|Brentwood Borough Council||6,198,985||188.63|
|Essex County Council||41,750,724||1,270.44|
|Essex Police Authority||6,341,283||192.96|
|Essex Fire Authority||2,380,939||72.45|
|Total (not including Parish Councils)||56,671,931||1,724.48|
For every £1.00 you contribute in Council Tax, 11p remains with Brentwood Borough Council.