Councillors to consider budget for 2021/22
Councillors are set to discuss the first draft of Mid Suffolk District Council’s budget for 2021/22 – designed to deliver a healthy future for post-Covid Mid Suffolk – at a key meeting next month.
Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet is due to decide in the New Year whether to approve proposals to invest in the district’s recovery, while still keeping council tax as low as possible for residents.
Recognising the financial challenges that many residents are facing in light of the pandemic, the draft budget includes an increase in council tax of just 1.66% - the equivalent of £2.80 a year (23p a month) for an average Band D property.
The proposals will allow investment to support:
- the recovery and growth of the local economy
- strengthened communities
- better physical and mental health for residents
- building affordable and sustainable homes
- tackling climate change and enhancing biodiversity
The budget is set to be considered by Mid Suffolk cabinet members on Monday 4 January and by Overview and Scrutiny on Monday 18 January. It will then receive further consideration at the next cabinet meeting before going to Full Council in February. If approved, it will come into effect on 1 April.
Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for Finance, Cllr John Whitehead said: “This budget has been prepared during one of the most challenging and uncertain times due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on the council’s finances, staff, residents and local economy. The council has played a significant role in responding to the pandemic, supporting businesses and the most vulnerable in our communities, as well as running essential services – and we will continue to play a crucial role in the district’s recovery, with our residents continuing to face challenges over coming months and years.
“This will not be without cost – but thanks to consistent leadership and wise management of public funds over many years, our finances remain in a robust position for 2021/22. This means we can keep our share of council tax low, but still deliver our vision to create great communities with bright and healthy futures that everyone is proud to call home.”
Ahead of the budget decision and next year’s council tax bills landing on doormats, residents can check their details and let the council know of any changes 24/7 by signing up for an online account via the website. Through an online account, residents can opt for paperless billing, check their balance, see instalments, update their details and see council tax reduction and housing benefit claim information as well as viewing bills online. Sign up for eBilling.