Budget to ‘supercharge’ district’s recovery
Councillors have agreed Mid Suffolk District Council’s budget for 2021/22 – keeping council tax low while ‘supercharging’ the district’s post-Covid recovery.
The budget agreed at last night’s Full Council increases Mid Suffolk’s share of council tax by just 1.66%. The equivalent of only 23p a month (£2.80 a year) for an average Band D property.
The council recognises the financial challenges facing many residents and local employers as a result of the pandemic. The money raised through the council tax increase is therefore being ring-fenced to provide direct support for businesses hardest hit by the pandemic.
Councillors also heard how, thanks to wise financial management and income generation, Mid Suffolk is now also in a position to invest an additional £4m into the district’s recovery.
This money will be invested in the local economy, housing, the wellbeing of residents, and in its communities – with a cross-party approach adopted to develop recommendations to Mid Suffolk Cabinet for its use.
Mid Suffolk District Council leader Cllr Suzie Morley said:
“This is a time to be investing in our district to ensure it doesn’t just swiftly bounce back from the devastating impacts of the Covid pandemic. But, is also able to thrive – that we provide bright and healthy futures for our residents and communities.
“We must judge ourselves by how we look after the most vulnerable in our district. So, it is fantastic that we are now able to ‘supercharge’ our investment into our district with this additional commitment.”
In addition to further investment in tackling climate change & enhanced biodiversity, the council has pledged to:
- build the affordable & sustainable homes people need
- invest in people’s physical & mental health
- support the recovery & growth of the local economy
- strengthen & enable civic pride, community spirit & empowered local democracy
Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for Finance, Cllr 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.
“Thanks to consistent leadership and wise management of public funds over many years. For example, the creation of CIFCO and the income generated by our investment in commercial property, 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.”
Ahead of next year’s council tax bills landing on doormats, residents can check their details and let the council know of any changes 24/7 by signing up for an online account.
Through an online account, residents can opt for paperless billing, check their balance, see instalments, update their details and see council tax reduction and housing benefit claim information as well as viewing bills online.