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Draft Council Strategy and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2022/23 to 2025/26 (For Publication and Consultation)

Meeting: 22/12/2021 - Cabinet (Item 5)

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Decision:

Cllr Mark Hawthorne and Cllr Lynden Stowe sought Cabinet approval for consultation and scrutiny of the proposed detailed revenue and capital budget for 2022/23 (including the Dedicated Schools Grant which will also be considered by the Schools Forum), the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) covering the period 2022/23 to 2025/26 and the updated Council Strategy covering the period 2022-2026.

 

Having considered all of the information. Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Approve for consultation and scrutiny the proposed detailed revenue and

capital budget for 2022/23 (including Dedicated Schools Grant which will

also be considered by the Schools Forum), the Medium Term Financial

Strategy (MTFS) covering the period 2022/23 to 2025/26 and the Council

Strategy.

 

Minutes:

Cllr Mark Hawthorne and Cllr Lynden Stowe sought Cabinet approval for consultation and scrutiny of the proposed detailed revenue and capital budget for 2022/23 (including the Dedicated Schools Grant which would also be considered by the Schools Forum), the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) covering the period 2022/23 to 2025/26 and the updated Council Strategy covering the period 2022-2026.

 

Cllr Lynden Stowe explained that there had been a decent settlement from Central Government to ensure proper funding of Adults and Children’s Services. He outlined the investment being provided in these areas. In total the revenue budget was at £519.833 million which was a 7.6% increase on the previous year’s budget. He noted the 2.99% total Council tax increase.

 

He outlined the Highways Local spend £30,000 per member in the base budget providing certainty to members and to local parish and town councils. There was also another £900,000 invested into a pothole fund. In addition there was £209million (including capital) which was a significant investment in infrastructure. Referring to the capital budget Cllr Stowe outlined that there was further provision for bringing some Children’s Services in-house

 

£1.7million was being put into a climate action fund and that would be there to contribute towards important schemes in Gloucestershire.

 

The Leader emphasised the growth and investment within the budget and that he was proud to put it forward to public consultation. He detailed the theme of the Council Strategy of building back better for Gloucestershire, noting some aspirational policies within the draft.

 

He thanked everyone within the Children and Adults teams and across the County Council for their work over the last two years in difficult and challenging circumstances. He noted their resolve and determination to deliver to the public.

 

The Leader outlined some amendments to the Council Strategy under the ‘tackling climate change’ section, seconded by Cllr Lynden Stowe:

 

  • Page 11 – first bullet point:

delivering a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan that reduces the Council’s emissions to net zero by 2030 and helps reduce Gloucestershire’s emissions to net zero by 2045, with a net countywide carbon reduction ambition of 80% by 2030.

  • Page 12 – third bullet point

Trees on the doorstep and more woodland - replacing highway ash trees on a 2 for 1 basis, working with partner councils, community groups and the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership who have a collective target of planting 35million trees. We will plant 360,000 trees over the next three years to hit the Council’s own target of 1 million trees by 2030

 

Commenting on the draft budget, members noted the funding in Adult Services and Children’s Services and the aim to reduce the out of county costs. In addition there were increases in the Fire and Rescue Service budget and a focus on the safety of fire fighters on the ground. The £300,000 on road safety was outlined as representing an important start in developing services in this area. Further comments were made on previous investment in highways and moving this forward  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5