Council To Ask Typical Central Bedfordshire Households to Pay Up An Extra 61p a week

... But Have Your Say, Anyway

Each winter, the Central Bedfordshire Council refreshes its budget proposals which include proposals for Council Tax in 2022/23.

In the next financial year (from April 2022 until March 2023), the council expects to be spending £468million on services. This is known as the revenue budget and is largely funded by council tax and business rates.

The largest proportion of the funding is spent on care services for adults and children who are frail, disabled or vulnerable and need protection.

This budget also funds their core services such as refuse and recycling, roads, leisure, libraries, parks and countryside services.

A further £240million is expected to be spent from their capital budget. This includes roads, care homes, schools (including around £9million on specialist school places for SEND), leisure provision and other infrastructure projects. The capital budget is funded through loans or selling land or buildings the council owns and reinvesting this money, not from Council Tax.

The budget also details how it plans to reduce costs by £9.6million as they continue to review how they work to ensure they are as efficient as possible.

But the Council continues to face big increases in demands, particularly in care for adults and children. It also recognises the pressures it faces in key areas and plans to make specific investments in services providing care for more older people and adults with disabilities, providing more support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and children who need protection.

To bridge the gap between what CBC needs and what it anticipates in terms of income, they propose an overall increase in Council Tax for Central Bedfordshire Council of 1.95%.

1% of this increase would be only used to support social care services for vulnerable adults, either living in their own homes or in residential care.

0.95% of this increase would be used to support their other services.

For a band D property, this would see a council tax increase of 61 pence per week.

>>> Have your say

You can have your say on these proposals on the Central Bedfordshire Council's website.

For those who would prefer to fill in a paper copy of the survey, please call the Council on 0300 300 8000.

Responses to the consultation must be received before 31 January 2021. Overview and Scrutiny Committees will consider the draft budget proposals at their January 2022 meetings and comments will be included in the final Budget report to be presented to Council at its February 2022 meeting.

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