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Revenue and Capital Budgets 2012/2013

Meeting: 27/02/2012 - General Assembly of the Council (Budget) (Item 6)

6 Revenue and Capital Budgets 2012/2013 pdf icon PDF 4 MB

To set the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council capital and revenue budgets for 2012/2013, to approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2012/2013, to agree the level of Council Tax for Dartford Borough in its parished and unparished areas, to approve the Pay Policy Statement for 2012/13, and to determine sundry related matters.

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Minutes:

The General Assembly of the Council considered a report which set out the Council’s capital and revenue budgets for 2012/2013. The report, which included the revenue and capital estimates, identified the level of precepts for Kent County Council, the Kent Police Authority, Kent Fire and Rescue and the Town and Parish Councils within the Borough.

 

Members were asked to set the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council Capital and Revenue Budgets for 2012/13, to approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2012/13, to agree the level of Council Tax for Dartford Borough in its parished and unparished areas, and to determine sundry related matters. Members were also asked to approve the Council’s Pay Policy Statement and proposals for restructuring the organisation following changes within the senior management structure.

 

In accordance with Standing Order 16(4), a motion was proposed, seconded and carried, to allow extra time for Leaders of the Political Groups to deliver their speeches on the Budget report.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor J A Kite, commended the budget proposals to the Council and explained that his Group had taken control in 2003 following a year in which the previous administration had increased the Council tax by 9.88% against an increase in the RPI of 1.5%. Since that time there had not been a single year during which the Council had increased the level of Council tax by even half of that figure and low Council tax increases combined with a programme of real achievement and delivered promises had seen the current administration returned for a third term of office in May 2011. Whilst in 2003 the administration had required a coalition to retain control this had long ceased to be the case but the Majority Group had chosen to continue to work in coalition with the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Members voluntarily. The Leader felt that the Council operated most effectively when Members from all groups worked together and not politically.

 

The Leader paid tribute to the Managing Director, the Management Team, Head of Finance and Resources and the Finance Department for continuing to deliver good services and for robust financial management during a difficult economic climate. He also paid tribute to the management of The Orchard Theatre for delivering a superb service for the public and the Council. The Leader informed Members that he had recently attended two budget briefings for Council staff to explain the budgetary approach that the Council was proposing and that a choice had been made to follow an approach of pay restraint rather than sacrificing jobs. Unlike some other Council’s which were cutting jobs and slashing services he felt that the Council’s staff were a valuable resource worth protecting. Whilst he was happy to announce a pay award of 1% he recognised that this was a sub-inflationary award but was pleased that staff had responded well and appreciated the fact that any increase was proposed and that the Council was looking to provide a stable  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6


Meeting: 28/02/2011 - General Assembly of the Council (Budget) (Item 137)

137 Revenue and Capital Budgets 2011/2012 pdf icon PDF 6 MB

To set the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council capital and revenue budgets for 2011/2012, to approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2011/2012, to agree the level of Council Tax for Dartford Borough in its parished and unparished areas and to determine sundry related matters.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Managing Director submitted a report which set out the Council’s capital and revenue budgets for 2011/2012. The report, which included the revenue and capital estimates, identified the level of precepts for Kent County Council, the Kent Police Authority, Kent Fire and Rescue and the Town and Parish Councils within the Borough.

 

Members were asked to set the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council Capital and Revenue Budgets for 2011/12, to approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2011/12, to agree the level of Council Tax for Dartford Borough in its parished and unparished areas, and to determine sundry related matters.

 

In accordance with Standing Order 16(4), a motion was proposed, seconded and carried, to allow extra time for Leaders of the Political Groups to deliver their speeches on the Budget report.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor J A Kite, commended the budget proposals to the Council and explained that he felt that the budget represented a huge achievement on the part of Members, including his coalition colleagues, and of the officers involved. The budget proposed no increase in Council tax and no discernable reduction in services despite widespread predictions of cuts by Members of the opposition and their local supporters. This had been possible because the Council had taken a prudent approach to financial planning, had worked hard to eliminate waste and had focussed on the needs of residents and the town of Dartford. He noted that in the last year of the Labour administration Council tax had increased by 10% and the Council had employed 25% more staff. In comparison during the last 4 years Council tax had risen by 6.8% in total and over the last 8 years of Conservative control had risen by 24.56% at a time when the RPI had gone up by 29.4%. He explained that there would be no increases in Members Allowances or salaries this year. He also drew attention to many achievements of recent years including the development of the Princes Park Stadium, the Judo Club and the new Parish Centre in Swanscombe and Greenhithe. He highlighted the work that had been done with the Youth Council, Salute to Youth and the Elder Person’s Forum which had proved popular and successful and demonstrated that the Council listened to the wishes of local residents.   The Leader commented that the budget proposals also included a balanced and sensible approach to the Council’s staffing requirements to ensure that staff were both valued but also added value to the organisation. He noted the good work that had been done to deliver private sector housing renewal targets and quoted the positive comments from the Chairman of the Resident’s Forum on the housing services delivered by the Council. He also reminded Members that the Council had made efficiency savings of over £3M in recent years and that the Audit Commission had confirmed that Dartford was a low cost authority. He noted that the Labour Group had invited the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 137