Central Bedfordshire Council is consulting on its draft budget for 2023/24.
The Council’s Executive is recommending no increase in its part of the Council Tax* for the next financial year. We are all very aware of the financial pressures our residents are under as inflation and the cost of living continues to rise. Even though the Council’s running costs have also risen and demand for our adult social care and children’s services continues to increase, careful budget management over several years means we have been able to keep Council Tax at its current level.
We will not be cutting services or investment in projects such as roads, schools, leisure centres and care homes. There will be increased spending in some areas including care for older people, adults with disabilities, support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and children who need our protection. Green waste collection will remain free in Central Bedfordshire and we have no plans to move to three weekly household waste collection.
We pride ourselves on excellent financial management and planning which has provided protection against the impact of a huge increase in inflation. We are always looking for ways to deliver our services more effectively and we will be using some of our reserves (savings) so we will not be raising our share of Council Tax next year.
Please have your say by 24 January 2023 at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/budget
Paper copies will be available in our libraries and you can request a paper copy by calling 0300 300 8000.
* Your Council Tax bill includes Council Tax that pays for Police, Fire and your Town or Parish Council, these organisations set their own increases and if they raise their share of Council Tax your bill will increase.