2012-2013 Budget Consultation
The Council’s Executive (also known as the cabinet) considered the draft budget at its meeting on 6 December 2011. This had been proposed by the Leader and the Resources Portfolio Holder.
The proposals were agreed by the Executive and are now being consulted upon. Eden’s residents pay the Council Tax which helps to fund the Council’s services. Residents are the key group that is being consulted.
The Executive will then consider feedback at its meeting on 24 January 2012, when it will decide on the budget it will recommend to Council. Council will consider the Executive’s recommended budget at its meeting on 9 February 2012: agreeing the budget is a Council function. At its meeting on 23rd february 2012, the Council's Accounts and Governance Committee will set the total Council tax that it will collect.
Why We Are Consulting
For several years the Council had a revenue deficit, ie expenditure exceeded income. This was initially the result in the loss of interest receipts following the credit crunch. It was then exacerbated by the substantial cuts in Government funding which started in 2011-12. The Council began preparing its budget for 2012-13, knowing it needed to reduce its net expenditure by £1.1m.
How to provide feedback
You can write to the the Town Hall, Penrith, CA11 7QF or contact the Council Leader Gordon Nicolson by telephone: 01768 898387 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; alternatively you may contact John Lynch, Resources Portfolio Holder: telephone 07776 028 916 or email: email@example.com