Agenda item

Budget 2023/24: Review of Service Dashboards and Service Change Impact Assessments (SCIAs)


The Head of Finance presented the report which set out updates to the 2023/24 budget process within the existing financial strategy.  SDC is not immune from the financial challenges affecting the country therefore this budget process is expected to be particularly challenging. 


No changes had been made to future assumptions at the stage which would be reviewed during the budget process, as usual.  However, due to the April 2022 pay award being higher than previously assumed and an annual savings target of £100,000 already included, an annual budget gap of £735,000 was currently reported.


The report presented a growth proposal that had been identified which needed to be considered. It requested further suggestions from Members before finalising the budget for 2023/24. Informed by the latest information from Government and discussions with Cabinet, it is proposed that the Council once again sets a balanced 10-year budget and continues to aim to be financially self-sufficient.


The Committee considered the growth proposal identified in Appendices E & F to the report. Further consideration was given to the Council’s pre-application service, and possible avenues to improve or broaden the services offered without additional cost.


Public Sector Equality Duty

Members noted that consideration had been given to impacts under the Public Sector Equality Duty.



(a)     That it be recommended to Cabinet that the growth proposal (SCIA 19) identified in Appendices E & F to the report applicable to this Advisory Committee, be considered.

(b)     That no further income or growth proposals were identified.


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