Cabinet to propose balanced budget and financial plan

Published: Thursday, 21 February 2019

Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet has agreed to recommend a balanced budget for the coming year, alongside a robust medium-term financial plan, to next week’s Full Council.

At last night’s Cabinet meeting (Wednesday 20 February), members voted unanimously to approve proposed financial arrangements for the coming year including a 2.99 per cent council tax increase.

This would mean those living in a band D property would pay less than an additional 2p per day – making a total of around 62p per day – for all of the services provided by the council.

These include:

  • Social housing and homelessness support
  • Benefits
  • Refuse and recycling collection
  • Street cleaning
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Licensing
  • Planning
  • Environmental health
  • Museums
  • Events

The council also offers a hub for residents to access a range of services from partner organisations through its one-stop shop, and co-ordinates a wide assortment of forums helping enable inclusion.

Cllr Brandon Eldred, Cabinet member for finance, said: “While we collect council tax on behalf of everyone, only a small proportion of that goes towards the services we provide.

“Northamptonshire County Council has already agreed a five per cent increase for the coming year, and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has asked for an additional 10.86 per cent for policing and 2.99 per cent for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue.

“Government support has gradually been removed over recent years so we have needed to be resourceful in the way we balance our budgets.

“We have identified ways of creating additional income, though it has been necessary for us to consider increasing our fees and charges, and to recommend our own council tax increase.”

The budget will now be considered by Full Council at its meeting on Monday 25 February.