Agenda item

Council Budget 2022/23 and Medium-Term Financial Plan 2022/23-2025/26

To consider the report of the Head of Finance and Investment (to follow).


Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Finance, Governance, Digital and Climate Change


(a) It was agreed:


(i)            That, subject to Council approving the 2022/23 budget, the grants to organisations, as set out at Annex 9 of the report, be approved as follows:


Grants to Concessionary Rentals 2022/23 - £30,005

Various grants towards rentals/lease charges:


Sandwich Tennis Club - £50

Aylesham Parish Council - £75

Dover Bowling Club - £225

Victoria Park Bowling Club - £355

Aylesham Parish Council - £0

Deal & Walmer Angling Club - £325

Capel-le-Ferne Parish Council - £450

Dover Rugby Football Club - £1,225

Dover Rugby Football Club - £1,750

Dover Athletic Football Club - £2,500

Dover Athletic Football Club - £8,000

Dover Citizens’ Advice Bureau - £11,800

Deal Citizens’ Advice Bureau - £0

Cross Links - £3,250


Financial Assistance Payments to Other Outside Bodies:


Your Leisure - £100,350

Agreed budget for Tides Leisure Centre


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 - £16,000

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 - £12,600

For ground maintenance at Crabble Athletic Ground


Victoria Bowls - £1,000

Contribution to running expenses of the club


Dover Bowling Club - £4,000

Grant towards ground maintenance at Dover Bowling Green


Dover Citizens’ Advice Bureau - £102,000

Core funding grant including £10,000 from Housing Revenue Account, plus £3,500 service charge contribution and £1,500 for other potential services


Neighbourhood Forums - £22,500

Grant to support voluntary and community organisations


Deal Town Council - £5,000

Astor Theatre grant


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), summarised in Annex 10 to Appendix 1 of the report, be approved.


(b) It was agreed that it be recommended 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 the Strategic Director (Corporate Resources), in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Governance, Digital and Climate Change, be authorised to draw on the Earmarked Smoothing Reserve to meet in-year variations in the budget.


(iii)          That a Council Tax increase of 2.6% 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 £202.14.


(iv)          To note that it is the view of the Strategic Director (Corporate Resources) & Section 151 Officer, having due regard to the circumstances and the range of uncertainties, that the budget has been prepared in an appropriate and prudent manner and that, as far as can be determined, and based upon the information available at the time of producing the report, the estimates are robust and the resources are adequate for the Council’s spending plans in 2022/23.


(v)           That the various Council recommendations at the end of the sections within the attached budget and MTFP, summarised in Annex 10 to Appendix 1 of the report, be approved.

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