Investment in tackling climate change and vulnerable children set to be agreed
At its meeting on 29 January, Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet is set to agree investment of £12.9million into children’s services and an initial £1million Action Fund to help tackle climate change, as part of a £31million overall increase to the council’s 2020/21 budget.
The £468million budget for 2020/21 also sets aside more than £73.6m of capital investment for schools and children and family services, bringing total expected capital investment to around £160m by 2023. A further £49.8m has been allocated to deliver on the third year of the council’s £150m Your Highways programme.
For the past four weeks people across Gloucestershire have been commenting on the councils proposed budget plans. 506 responses were received, of which 69% agreed with proposals, and 77% agreed we had the right priorities.
The council continues to challenge itself to work more efficiently and effectively and as a result has identified £9.58m savings for next year, helping to meet increased demand and costs.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of the county council, said, “Following valuable feedback from people across the county, cabinet will now consider if our draft budget meets the priorities and expectations of Gloucestershire residents.
“The proposed budget for next year shows that we can deliver - investing in quality services now and for a successful tomorrow. Thank you to all who took the time to comment on our budget proposals - we will listen carefully to what you have told us.”
The draft budget proposes to raise in the region of £6.3m to help fund services through a 1.99% increase in council tax. The council is also proposing to apply the national social care precept at 2% to raise an additional £6.3m to help manage the increase demand for adult care services. In total these changes result in an increase of under £1 per week for the average Band D taxpayer. For Band D council tax comparisons, Gloucestershire County Council still expects to have one of the lowest council tax levels of any county council, once the costs of delivering the Fire and Rescue are included.
Cabinet papers can be viewed online here.