Agenda item

Council Budget 2019/20, Medium-Term Financial Plan 2019/20-2022/23 and 2019/20 Council Tax Setting

To consider the attached report of the Strategic Director (Corporate Resources).


Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Corporate Resources and Performance


Due to its size, this report is reproduced as a supplementary paper to the main agenda.


(a)  It was agreed:


(i)            That, subject to Council approving the 2019/20 budget, the grants to organisations, as set out in Annex 9 of the report, be approved as follows:


Grants to Concessionary Rentals 2019/20 - £38,355

Various grants towards rentals/lease charges


Financial Assistance Payments to Other Outside Bodies:


Your Leisure - £111,500

Grant payment linked to revised funding agreement with lease for Tides Leisure Centre


Your Leisure - £5,000

Grant for Walmer paddling pool


Pegasus Playscheme - £1,500

Provision of a playscheme for children with disabilities


Age Concern - £1,500

Provision of area office services


Kent County Council - £3,000

Contribution to Sports Partnership


Gazen Salts Nature Reserve - £4,500

To assist in managing and maintaining the reserve


Sandwich Town Cricket Club - £10,000

To assist the club in defraying its expenditure in managing, maintaining and improving the recreation grounds at The Butts and Gazen Salts


Dover Outreach Centre - £10,000

Grant towards Winter Shelter costs


Dover Rugby Club - £12,000

For ground maintenance at Crabble Athletic Ground, covered by saving made in the landscape maintenance contract


Victoria Bowls - £1,000

Contribution to running expenses of club


Dover Bowling Club - £6,000

Grant towards grounds maintenance at Dover bowling green.  Covered by savings within the grounds maintenance budget


Dover Citizens’ Advice Bureau - £105,000

Core funding grant plus £3,500 service charge contribution


Neighbourhood Forums - £22,500

Grant to support voluntary and community organisations


Home Improvement Agency - £8,000

‘In Touch’ housing improvement agency funding


Deal Town Council - £5,000

Astor Theatre


Action with Communities in Rural Kent - £3,500

Contribution to rural housing


(ii)           That the various Cabinet recommendations produced at the end of the sections within the Budget and Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP), and summarised in Annex 10 to Appendix 1 of the report, be approved as follows:


(b)  It was agreed to recommend to Council:


(i)            That the General Fund Revenue Budget, the Capital and Special Projects Programmes, the Housing Revenue Account Budget, the Council Tax Resolution and the content of the MTFP be approved;


(ii)           That a Council Tax increase of 2.7% for Dover District Council (DDC) purposes be approved, resulting in an increase on Band D properties of £4.95 per year and an annual DDC Council Tax of £187.29;


(iii)          That it be noted that it is the view of the Strategic Director (Corporate Resources) (Section 151 Officer) that the budget has been prepared in an appropriate and prudent manner and that, based upon the information available at the time of producing this report, the 2019/20 estimates are robust and the resources are adequate for the Council’s current spending plans in 2019/20;


(iv)         That the various Council recommendations at the end of the sections within the attached budget and MTFP, summarised in Annex 10 to Appendix 1, be approved as follows:


(A)  Approve the General Fund Revenue budget for 2019/20 and the projected outturn for 2018/19;


(B)  Approve the policies and protocols regarding the General Fund balances and earmarked reserves, and transfers between reserves as set out in Annex 4 of the report;


(C)Approve the Housing Revenue Account budget for 2019/20 and the projected outturn for 2018/19 at Annex 5 of the report;


(D)Approve the Capital and Special Revenue Projects Programmes;


(E)  Approve that the capital resources required to finance new projects are secured before new projects commence;


(F)  Approve the Capital, Treasury Management and Investment Strategies, including the Prudential Indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision statement;


(G)Approve the Council Tax Resolution, as set out at Annex 8A of the report;


(H)That it be noted that if the formal Council Tax Resolution at Annex 8A is approved, the total Band D Council Tax will be as set out at Annex 10 of the report.


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