Budget consultation 2023/24
Our budget consultation for the 2023/24 financial year has now ended. It was available from Tuesday 8 November to midnight on Friday 9 December 2022. All findings will be shared with councillors before they make decisions on the budget at a meeting of the Council in February 2023.
Our plans to weather the storm created by Putin’s war in Ukraine
This year has seen large rises in costs for both residents and businesses as a result of Putin’s war in Ukraine. We appreciate the impact this is having on you. It has also had a big impact on the Council's finances. We have seen large increases in costs for fuel to collect bins, energy to run buildings and other inflation-related pressures.
We want to make sure we come through the next two years in a strong position to progress with our priorities of responding to the climate emergency, strengthening our local economy and providing homes for rent that local people can afford, to continue to deliver our services and build financial resilience, to make sure we manage the Council's finances very carefully.
The impact of increased costs to the Council means we have to work even harder to continue to deliver services efficiently. We have worked on this in recent years and will continue to do so.
We are working to deliver our services more efficiently, so that they cost less to the taxpayer whilst maintaining or improving their current standard. We are also proposing to increase Council Tax and the fees we charge for some of our services such as garden waste collections and parking. The Council Tax increase would amount to just under 10p per week for an average band D household.
If you would like the details, you can read our full budget proposal here and I would encourage you to give your views by taking part in our consultation.
Mike Evemy - Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance
Where does your Council Tax go
Cotswold District Council receives only 7 pence in every £1 of your Council Tax to provide the services we are responsible for, including:
- waste collection and recycling
- street cleaning
- parking and public toilets
- planning and building control
- promoting economic growth and regeneration
- leisure services
- environmental health and licensing services
- housing and Council Tax support
- election administration
- social housing and support for homeless people
You can read our press release with more information here.
Budget consultation events
We also ran events where you could come and speak to Cabinet Members and officers directly about the proposed budget. These took place as follows:
- Stow-on-the-Wold - Tuesday 15 November
Tesco Superstore, 10am - 1pm
- Cirencester - Wednesday 23 November
Tesco Extra, 10am - 1pm
- Moreton-in-Marsh - Thursday 24 November
Aldi, 10am - 1pm
- Tetbury - Tuesday 29 November
Tesco Superstore, 10am - 1pm