5 things to know about the Kirklees budget meeting 2018

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This Wednesday (14 Feb 2018) is our annual Kirklees Council budget council meeting, where politicians from all parties get together to decide where the money will be spent over the next 2 years.

But how are the decisions made? What goes on at the meeting? And why is council tax in Kirklees going up?

The decisions made at this meeting have an impact on everyone in Kirklees, but we know that the process in making them and the results might seem a bit confusing. So we’ve pulled together 5 things to know about the meeting and some of the things that will happen as a result.

1. It’s all public

It’s a full council meeting which means all 69 councillors, including the ones that represent your local area, are invited. It starts at 5.30pm in Huddersfield Town Hall and the public can come along too. We also live stream the meetings and tweet live too.

2. It will take a while for everyone to agree

Cabinet members have already created the proposed budget and this is what everyone will be talking about at the meeting. The video below tells you a bit more:

All political parties will have the chance to say what they think about the proposed budget and recommend changes. Because different parties have different views about where money should be spent there can be a bit of debate and some negotiating on what to keep in the plan and what to take out. If you’re watching on the webcast and see everyone leave the room that’s when each party will go for a group discussion before they take a final vote.

3. Your council tax is decided at this meeting

Kirklees Council's funding has reduced by 60% since 2010We all know that council tax is set to rise in Kirklees this year, and the recommendation is that it goes up by 6%. This will cost the average household* just over £5 extra a month and will help to pay for increased costs of social care and cope with reduced grant from government. Unfortunately increasing the cost of council tax doesn’t mean that residents will get more for their money; we have to do it as our grant from government reduces.

4. Government funding is decreasing

Graphs to show how our funding is changing over the next few yearsWe’re losing £25m of revenue support and other grant funding over the next 2 years. The Government has told us that how we are funded has to change. This year council tax makes up £159 million (54%) of our funding – this includes £7m which is specifically to support adult social care services (it’s called the adult social care precept). The rest comes from business rates (25%) , government grants (17%) and a one-off contribution from reserves (11%).  By 2019/20 our government funding will have dropped significantly and overall we’ll have a further £25m less to spend compared to now. This also means that the Council is having to rely much more on other available funding sources i.e. council tax and business rates.

5. A 6% council tax rise will generate approximately £9.7 million in 2018/19

If the councillors all agree to the proposed 6% increase it will be bring in an additional £9.7 million to the budget. Whatever increase is finally agreed, 3% is just for adult social care.

Keep up to date with the budget meeting:

Follow the live stream of the budget or our highlights on twitter, or watch the webcast back afterwards. We’ll also share details after the meeting about the decisions that were made.

*Based on Band A, which is what majority of houses in Kirklees are in.

One comment

  • Save up to £500000 by stopping ALL monies to subsidise UNION activity.I havent signed up to contribute and I am not alone.Unions appear to able to afford subsidising members who are on strike so let them also subsidise the union activities that Kirklees are currently paying for.
    The money saved then can go to support Care for the Elderly.

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