Issue details

Budget and Council Tax level for 2016-17 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2016-19

Approval of Budget and Council Tax level for 2016-17 and Medium Term Financial Plan for 2016-19.

The Budget Book and Medium Term Financial Plan (Draft for County Council) will be considered for approval on 11th February 2016.

Although this is not a key decision as such, the Forward Plan is used as a mechanism to give added transparency to the milestones of the Budget and MTFP process.


The delivery of the Medium Term Financial Plan and Annual Budget is listed as a key activity within the Finance and Procurement Business Plan.


The County Council must notify district councils of its share of the Council Tax and the precept needed to fund the budget by the end of February.  Notifying districts of the precept earlier than the statutory deadline helps with their financial planning.

Financial Implications: As will be outlined in Budget Book and MTFP

Legal Implications: County Council has a statutory duty to set its budget and Council Tax.  The Council’s s151 officer has to give statutory assurance on the robustness of estimates and adequacy of reserves

Equality Impact:

Date of initial screening to assess the need for a full equality impact statement:  October 2015


Decision type: Key

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/01/2016

Decision due: 11 Feb 2016 by County Council

Department: Strategic & Corporate Services

Consultation process

The matter was not discussed by Cabinet Committees prior to the consultation. The consultation process will follow a tried and tested methodology developed over the last two years with no need for further member consideration.

The final draft budget proposals (including the outcomes from consultation and the impact on the proposed budget) will be reported to all Cabinet Committees in January 2016.


Has consultation been undertaken or planned?

Public consultation launched 13th October until 24th November 2015.
Consultation material available on-line (including Council Tax question, budget modelling tool and free comments section) with limited print run for those requiring alternative format
Live web chat – date to be confirmed
Staff workshop with T200 group of managers 22nd October 2015
Market research (FACTS International) includes 3 resident workshops (7th, 11th and 14th November), staff workshop 5th November, and face to face survey of a sample of 1,000 residents
Business sector workshop 18th November
Voluntary sector workshop 18th November
Kent Youth County Council workshop – date to be confirmed

Financial implications: Lead Officers: Dave Shipton, Head of Financial Strategy, 03000 419418 Cath Head, Head of Financial Management, 03000 416934

Legal implications: 15/00112

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