Views sought on Council’s draft 2019/20 budget

Published: Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Residents are being encouraged to share their views on Northampton Borough Council’s draft 2019/20 budget.

The Borough Council’s budget proposals for the next financial year were discussed at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 12 December and residents are now invited to share their views on the recommendations agreed, which include a 2.99% increase in council tax for all households.

This suggested increase is consistent with changes brought in during the 2018/19 financial year and would see band D households’ Council Tax rise by £6.56 per year or 12.6p per week.

Support for vulnerable people should be protected however. The proposal recommends upholding the current maximum discount of 35%, which is available through the Council Tax Reduction Scheme to disabled people, pensioners and people receiving a War Disablement or War Widows Pension.

Financial assistance for local businesses experiencing significant business rate rises will also continue in the new financial year via the Business Rate Relief Scheme.

The 2019/20 draft budget proposal is set against a background of increasing financial pressure on the Borough Council. With core funding from central Government decreasing and the pressure on local services increasing, the Council needs to find way of generating income and cutting costs in order to meet future budget challenges.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Cabinet member for finance, said: “We know that an increase in Council Tax is likely to be unpopular with residents. However, in the increasingly difficult financial environment we operate within, we hope residents will understand that the proposed increase, alongside back-office savings, will help ensure vital services continue.”

Residents can share their views on the proposed budget at www.northampton.gov.uk/info/200110/budgets-spending-and-performance/2400/budget-consultation or by attending a public meeting in the Courtroom at the Guildhall on 5 February at 6pm.

More details about the proposed 2019/20 budget can be found here: www.northamptonboroughcouncil.com/councillors/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=528&MId=8727