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Budget consultation

Budget consultation

Budget Consultation 2021/22

We’re inviting you to have your say on our Council Tax proposals, which this year take account of the ongoing financial challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The consultation is seeking views on proposals for a small increase in the amount that residents pay for services provided by the borough council.

Find out more and have your say below – before the 1 February deadline.

 

Keeping our services running through Covid-19

We provide 50 different services for around 105,000 residents in the borough.

From collecting waste and recycling to providing housing and leisure facilities, residents use our services every day.

We continue to work hard for the community and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we are keeping essential services running for our most vulnerable residents.

We have adapted services to meet local need, redeployed staff to support key work and continued to invest in our borough’s future.

This has come at a cost. The Covid-19 crisis has led to more than £6 million in lost revenue.

We have been proactive in tackling this – applying for and receiving around £5 million from the Government and reducing costs by £900,000 – but this still leaves a budget shortfall of £165,000.

We have a legal requirement to set a balanced budget and provide services to those most in need.

It is against this backdrop that we have set the Council Tax recommendation for 2021/22.

 

Where your Council Tax goes

Currently Chesterfield Borough Council has the second lowest rate of Council Tax in Derbyshire.

We receive only ten per cent of the annual Council Tax bill paid by residents, with the remainder being distributed as below:

  • Derbyshire County Council – 74%
  • Derbyshire Police – 12%
  • Derbyshire Fire and Rescue – 4%

Residents in Staveley and Brimington also pay for services provided by their town and parish councils.

You can find out more about the services we have provided and how your money is spent, in the State of the Borough video from our Council Leader, Cllr Tricia Gilby, and our Chief Executive, Huw Bowen.

Our at-a-glance budget infographic is also available to download below.

 

Our proposals

The consultation is seeking views on proposals for a small increase in the amount that residents pay for services provided by the borough council.

It would mean an increase of 6.4 pence a week for the majority of properties in the borough (Band A) – a total rise of £3.33 on last year’s bill for the council’s services.

For a Band D property, this would amount to 9.6 pence a week, and an overall increase of £5 for 2021/22.

The options for Council Tax changes for 2021/22 – including the council’s preferred option – are set out below.

Option 1: Council Tax freeze – no rise

Option 2: Increase by 1.99%

Option 3: Increase by £5 (this is then applied proportionately across the different bands)

 

Implications for Band ‘A’ taxpayer in 2021/22 – the majority of Chesterfield Borough households

OptionCBC Council TaxIncrease per annumIncrease per week
1.Council Tax freeze  £113.26 £0 £0
2. Increase by 1.99% £115.51 £2.25 4.3 pence
3. Preferred option – Increase by £5  £116.59 £3.33 6.4 pence

 

Implications for Band ‘D’ taxpayer in 2021/22

OptionCBC Council TaxIncrease per annumIncrease per week
1.Council Tax freeze  £169.89 £0 £0
2. Increase by 1.99% £173.27 £3.38 6.5 pence
3. Preferred option – Increase by £5  £174.89 £5.00 9.6 pence

 

Have your say

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the annual budget consultation meeting that usually takes place cannot go ahead but people can still put forward their views online, by email or by telephone.

We have written to key local stakeholders and invited them to complete this consultation, but it is vital residents also respond.

Please take a moment to watch the explanatory video:

Also take a  look at the relevant infographic (available to download) before completing the online survey.

Where Your Council Tax Goes 2021 2022 Infographic image

This consultation is now closed, this page will be updated once submissions have been collated and considered.


Last updated on 01 February 2021