First draft of council’s budget for 2021/22 to be discussed by councillors next month

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.

The 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.

The draft budget includes an increase in council tax of 1.66% – the equivalent of £2.80 a year (23p a month) for an average Band D property.

The council says that 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, January 4, and by Overview and Scrutiny on Monday, January 18.

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 April 1.

Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for Finance, 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.”

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