Supporting Information for your Bill 2020

The Council has agreed a budget for 2020/21 and is planning to invest a total of £150million into providing services for the people of Blaenau Gwent. The agreed budget provides a degree of protection to social services and a 5% increase in funding to schools to fund cost pressures and will increase the level of reserves to support the Council’s financial resilience in the medium term. 

For the next financial year commencing on the 1st April 2020, Blaenau Gwent CBC has set a Council Tax increase of 3.9%. This is amongst the lowest across Wales and is the lowest in the Greater Gwent area.

In agreeing this increase, the Council has a duty to strike a responsible balance in terms of protecting services and jobs but also demonstrating that consideration has been given to safeguarding the wider interests of local residents, many of whom may be experiencing financial difficulties.  The Council believes it has done this by approving an increase of only 82p and 96p per week on Band A and Band B properties respectively, which account for approximately 85% of all properties in the County Borough.

For the medium term, the Council has adopted a strategic financial programme, called Bridging the Gap which will enable it to plan its spending in line with its funding. Within this framework the Council will be looking at further ways to achieve reduced costs and increase income   whilst mitigating the impact on services.

In the medium term, the Council may not be able to directly provide all the services it currently provides. For example, some services could be provided by others, although stopping some services cannot be ruled out.  

However, in acknowledgement of the importance of the Council as the largest local employer, there has been and will continue to be, a commitment to avoid compulsory redundancies wherever possible and consultation with staff and trade unions will be ongoing throughout this period. The Joint Trade Unions have previously commended the Council for this engagement and the responsible manner in which the Budget has been set.

Budget proposals for 2020/2021 have been developed using a “One Council “approach and political groups have been appraised at various stages of the budget setting process.

It will be business as usual for many of the services the Authority currently provides. However, as the grant received from the Welsh Government does not cover all of the Councils costs, some costs must fall directly upon the local Council Tax payer and this is why an increase in the local level of Council Tax is necessary.

The Council will continue to monitor budgets closely throughout 2020/2021 and will undertake a series of reviews and consultations to inform future years’ budget proposals.
 

Your Council Tax Bill 2020/2021

Comparison of 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 Estimated Net Expenditure.

Capital Expenditure

In 2020/2021 the Council estimates that total Capital Expenditure will be £24,000,000.
  
This will comprise:

2019/20202020/2021
Other Services£28,580,000£24,000,000
Total£28,580,000£24,000,000


Estimated Financial Reserves

Revenue Reserves – dedicated general reserves are estimated to stand at £6.1 million at the year end.

Standard Spending Assessments

The Councils Standard Spending Assessment for 2020/2021 has been determined by the National Assembly for Wales as 137,453,000 for 2019/20 and £145,116,000 for 2020/2021.

The Authority’s budget requirement for the year 2019/2020 £143,867,000 the budget requirement for 2020/2021 is £151,732,000.


Council Tax for each area 2020/2021

Band
/Community

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

Abertillery

1,357.71

1,584.00

1,810.28

2,036.57

2,489.14

2,941.72

3,394.28

4,073.14

4,752,00

Brynmawr

1,340,17

1,563,54

1,786.89

2,010.26

2,456.98

2,903.72

3,350.43

4,020.52

4,690.61

Nantyglo & Blaina

1,344.16

1,568.20

1,792.22

2,016.25

2,464.30

2,912.37

3,360.41

4,032.50

4,704.59

Tredegar

1,342.82

1,566.63

1,790.43

2,014.24

2,461,85

2,909.47

3,357.06

4,028.48

4,699.90

Ebbw Vale/ Cwm/ Beaufort

1,323.21

1,543.75

1,764.28

1,984.82

2,425.89

2,866.97

3,308.03

3,969.64

4,631.25

 
Precepts and Levies

The following bodies have precepted upon Blaenau Gwent CBC:

2019/2021
£
Band D
Equivalent
£
  2020/2021
£
Band D
Equivalent
£
5,158,425 255.53 The Police and Crime Commissioner 5,640,022 272.96
234,000 51.73 Abertillery and Llanhilleth Town Council 240,041 51.75
43,000 26.30 Brynmawr Town Council 43,000 25.44
81,443 30.91 Nantyglo and Blaina Town Council 84,700 31.43
138,401 30.07 Tredegar Town Council 138,401 29.42

The following bodies have levied the sums indicated on the Council

Organisation 2019/2020 2020/2021 % Increase/Decrease Subject to Rounding
Brecon Beacons National Park 29,200 29,200 0.00
Fire Service 3,398,900 3,398,900 0.00
Coroners Court 89,460 89,460 0.00

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Contact Information

For further information please contact:

The Council Tax Section
By telephone - (01495) 355212
By post - Council Tax Section, Municipal Buildings, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, Gwent NP23 6XB
Email : Ctax@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk