We want your views on our draft budget plans for the period from April 2021 to March 2022. It's important to us that you help shape our proposals.
Whilst we are living in difficult times as the world battles Coronavirus, your vital public services continue. And despite the potential changes in local government across North Yorkshire we must continue to plan for the future.
Next year we anticipate that the core money we receive from central Government, that supports the services we deliver to you, will increase with inflation but as the effects of the pandemic unfold, beyond 2021/21 there is much uncertainty about local government funding.
We understand that 2020 has been a difficult year for many of our residents and their families and we want to help ease the burden where we can. We therefore propose to freeze the average Council Tax charge for Selby district next year. This means the charge for a Band D property would stay at £183.22.
With big challenges ahead we plan to defer some savings for the next two years. Our on-going response to the pandemic and our plans for investment mean that all of our efforts are going to be focussed on service delivery. That doesn’t mean savings won’t be made where possible but we plan to use reserves in the short term and reassess what’s needed when the Government’s funding review has been concluded.
The aim of the budget consultation is to gather your views as we plan for the future and prepare for whatever lies ahead. In February 2021 councillors will consider the budget proposals at a meeting which will be broadcast online.