North East Derbyshire District Council’s budget for 2021/22 was approved by Council and have increased their proportion of the Council Tax bill by 1.95% to ensure a balanced budget is in place to maintain the vital services provided by the council.
The ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has created uncertainty, especially for services such as leisure facilities which have been forced to close for large parts of the current financial year.
The Government included a series of measures specifically targeted to help with the financial challenges local authorities are facing as a result of Covid-19 which has provided some certainty at this challenging time.
This Government support, along with North East Derbyshire District Council’s own robust budget management measures, means that a balanced budget can be set for 2021/22 and maintaining momentum on growth and transformation agendas will be a key priority for the authority in 2021.
North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Councillor Alex Dale commented on the budget and how Covid-19 has impacted on the authority, “This last year has been a challenging one for the authority, however, we are really pleased to have been able to adopt a balanced budget that will meet the needs of our residents and businesses alike.
“Officers and members at the Council have worked incredibly hard to make this happen and it is also thanks, in a large part, to the very generous support packages we’ve received from the Government over the last year.
“We’ve decided not to increase our proportion of the Council Tax bill by the maximum amount (£5 on band D or 2.66%) but instead opted for the lower amount of 1.95%. We believe this achieves the right balance between ensuring the sustainability of our vital services, whilst also trying to keep to a minimum the impact on the pockets of our residents, many of whom we know are facing challenges of their own.”