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Have your say on our proposed financial budget for 2022/23

Published Thursday 9 December, 2021
Last updated on Thursday 9 December, 2021

People can now have their say on Swale Borough Council’s proposed budget for the upcoming financial year.

The proposed budget for 2022/23 was approved for public consultation at last night’s cabinet meeting and is now available for public comment.

Cllr Roger Truelove, leader at the council, said:

“This is the first time we’ve run a consultation on our proposed budgets in this way, and we’re interested to hear people’s feedback.

“The proposed budget addresses how we plan to handle rising inflation costs, meet the costs of our big investments and how we plan to make up for the loss of income from car parks.

“Swale Borough Council’s current council tax for Band D properties is £184.32 per year, we’ll be asking you views on the proposed annual increase of £4.95.

“We also want to know what people think of our proposed charges and fees for next year.

“We’re still dealing with the financial impact of covid, and with an uncertain future, we must be smart in how we meet our responsibilities while continuing to support our residents.

“We’ll be asking specific questions and asking for people’s suggestions. Questions such as: How do you suggest we might increase our income? and, what services would you change to reduce spending?

“Our current budget for the next financial year shows a gap of £2.3 million, but thanks to smart financial management since the pandemic began, we’re hoping to meet most of the deficit with council reserves and government grants.

“We also don’t yet know what grants the government might be planning to help councils with recovery and resilience, so we must also plan for the unknown.”

The consultation is open to residents, visitors, businesses, community groups, parish and town councils and charities.

The 2022/23 financial budget consultation runs for five weeks from Thursday, 9 December 2021 to Thursday, 13 January 2022.

For more information and to have your say visit www.swale.gov.uk/bfc-consultation