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A budget and business plan which supports quality public services while showing the district is open for business, has been agreed by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).
During a meeting of SNC’s full Council members approved a budget of £12.4 million to deliver services to the district. That equates to an annual charge of £180.37 for the average band D household, up from £175.37 last year.
SNC agreed its budget following an 18.85 per cent (£527,000) decrease in government funding.
Alongside the budget SNC updated its five-year-business plan, reflecting the priorities for the coming year incorporating changes in the local and national economy.
Cllr Peter Rawlinson said: “The SNC portion of the final demand has increased by £5 a year, or 10p a week for the average sized home. But householders will notice a more significant increase in their total demands due to bigger increases by other authorities.
“We want to make it clear that SNC is in a sound financial position and continues to deliver quality services. The budget and business plan sit hand in hand to ensure we keep up that track record of quality services, while laying a fertile territory for existing and new businesses to grow.
“Previous budgets and priorities have brought us to the point where we are amongst the best recycling authorities in the country where we have; delivered much need improvements to the district’s leisure facilities, driven up commercial food hygiene standards through ‘scores on the doors’ and worked with businesses to prioritise resolutions over regulation and sanctions.
“We need to continue that work, and this year we’ll be; supporting local groups to bring forward community recreation facilities, we’ll be reviewing the pre-application planning process, we’ll be expanding the number of conservation areas and will build upon plans to establish a council run development company to extend housing choice across the district.
“South Northants has proven resilient in tough times, but there is still more potential to be untapped.”
SNC is also responsible for collecting Council Tax on behalf of other authorities in the county and this year’s final demand will include precepts for the average band D property from: Northants County Council (NCC) for £1,111.87, NCC Adult Social Care for £54.72, and Northants Police Crime Commissioner for £75.42.