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HDC Budget Consultation 2016/17

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Hambleton District Council is consulting on its budget and council tax levels for next year
(2016/17). Your opinions, views and ideas matter. This is your chance to comment on the council's priorities for its budgeted expenditure, its council tax and proposals to improve services and increase efficiency.
Background to the budget

Over the last five years, Local Government has faced significant financial pressures as a result of national austerity measures reducing the support Government provides for local authorities. Over this period, Hambleton District Council has had its grant from central Government reduced by £2.7m or 47%. As austerity continues, it is inevitable that the Council will face further cuts.

The Challenge

Hambleton District Council continues to deliver a balanced budget with little effect on our frontline services and the Council continues to strive to achieve efficiency savings whilst maintaining the same or an improved level of service.

Since 2011/12, Hambleton District Council has taken advantage of a central Government grant awarded to councils who do not increase Council Tax. The grant is no longer available for 2016/17 and therefore in order to continue providing effective services for the District, a 2% increase in Council Tax is being proposed.

Have Your Say

It is important that you have your say on where the Council's funds should be used to support services and this budget consultation is a key part of this.

It is a statutory requirement that business rate payers are included in the budget consultation process and therefore a budget consultation meeting for local businesses will be held on Thursday 3 December 2015 from 2-4pm at Hambleton District Council offices in Northallerton. If you would like to attend this meeting please contact carol.newman@hambleton.gov.uk to reserve a place.
In addition to attending the local business budget consultation meeting above, please tell us your views by: completing this online form.