Budget Consultation 2016/17

This consultation is now closed.  Thank you to everyone that took part.

Overview

Every year Thanet District Council has to decide how to allocate council tax to fund a number of council services and to make improvements to the service it provides.  The average band D household pays £29.19 council tax per week.  Of this, Thanet District Council receives £4.04 per week; the remainder goes to Kent County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent and the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority.

As part of this process, each year, residents are given an opportunity to help shape council spending and to identify what they believe should be a priority for the council for the next year, by taking part in the budget consultation.

Background Information

The council has seen significant reductions in government funding over the last four years and further reductions are anticipated over the coming years.  The council has already made savings of £6.2m between 2011-12 and 2014-15 which have come from a number of different approaches including: sharing services with our neighbouring councils, reviewing staff structures and through service efficiencies.

For the 2016-17 financial year there remains pressure to deliver further savings to balance the budget and it is increasingly difficult to find these without impacting on front-line services.

What Happens Now?

The comments that you have submitted will now be considered in the drafting of a report to Cabinet and Council in February 2016.  Comments made about the format of the survey will be considered during the design of the 2017/18 consultation.