Supporting Information for your Bill 2021

The Council has agreed a budget for 2021/22 and is planning to invest a total of £157million into providing services for the people of Blaenau Gwent. The agreed budget will increase funding for Social Services (£1m), schools (£1.47m) and Environmental Services (£0.68m) to fund cost pressures, and has also increased its budget for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme to £9.6m to provide financial assistance to eligible local residents. In addition, the Council plans to 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 2021, Blaenau Gwent CBC has set a Council Tax increase of 3.3%. 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 72p and 84p 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 is continuing with its 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 2021/2022 have been developed using a “One Council “approach and political groups have been appraised at various stages of the budget setting process.

The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has meant that 2020/21 has been a difficult year for everyone, although we hope that in 2021/22 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 2021/2022 and will undertake a series of reviews and consultations to inform future years’ budget proposals.
 

Your Council Tax Bill 2021/2022

Comparison of 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 Estimated Net Revenue Expenditure.

Portfolio

2020/2021

2021/2022

% Increase

£000 £000

Corporate Services

4,608

4,281

-7.10%

Financial Management & Strategy

12,223

14,210

16.26%

Social Sevices

45,058

46,087

2.28%

Infrastructure

5,184

5,254

1.35%

Active Living and Learning

58,904

60,874

3.34%

Economy

1,233

1,550

25.71%

Environment

15,777

16,424

4.10%

Planning & Licensing

1,188

1,384

16.50%

Other

7,259

7,068

-2.63%

Total Net Revenue Expenditure

151,434

157,132


How the Budget is Funded

Funding Source

2021/2022

£000

%

Council Tax

36,771

23.4

Revenue Support Grant

97,026

61.7

Reserves

0

0

NNDR

23,334

14.9

Total

157,131

100.0

 

Capital Expenditure

In 2021/2022 the Council estimates that its total Capital Expenditure will be as follows:

2020/2021

2021/2022

£000 £000
Other Services £21,700 £28,700
Total £21,700 £28,700

 

Estimated Financial Reserves

Revenue Reserves – dedicated general reserves are estimated to stand at £6.8 million at the year end.
 

Standard Spending Assessments

The Councils Standard Spending Assessment for 2021/2022 has been determined by the National Assembly for Wales as £145,116,000 for 2020/21 and £151,083,000 for 2021/2022.

The Authority’s budget requirement for the year 2020/2021 £151,732,000 the budget requirement for 2021/2022 is £157,379,000.
 

Council Tax for each area 2021/2022

Band
/Community

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

Abertillery

1,398.04

1,631.04

1,864.05

2,097.06

2,563.08

3,029.08

3,495.10

4,194.12

4,893.14

Brynmawr

1,387.76

1,619.06

1,850.35

2,081.65

2,544.24

3,006.82

3,469.41

4,163.30

4,857.19

Nantyglo & Blaina

1,391.70

1,623.66

1,855.61

2,087.56

2,551.46

3,015.36

3,479.26

4,175.12

4,870.98

Tredegar

1,390.37

1,622.10

1,853.83

2,085.56

2,549.02

3,012.47

3,475.93

4,171.12

4,866.31

Ebbw Vale/ Cwm/ Beaufort

1,370.87

1,599.35

1,827.83

2,056.31

2,513.27

2,970.22

3,427.18

4,112.62

4,798.06

Precepts and Levies

The following bodies have precepted upon Blaenau Gwent CBC:

2020/2021
£
Band D
Equivalent
£
  2021/2022
£
Band D
Equivalent
£
5,640,022 272.96 Gwent Police 5,987,866 287.96
240,041 51.75 Abertillery and Llanhilleth Town Council 190,000 40.75
43,000 25.44 Brynmawr Town Council 43,000 25.34
84,700 31.43 Nantyglo and Blaina Town Council 84,700 31.25
138,401 29.42 Tredegar Town Council 138,401 29.25

The following bodies have levied the sums indicated on the Council

Organisation 2020/2021 2021/2022 % Increase
Brecon Beacons National Park 29,200 32,130 10.03
Fire Service 3,398,900 3,481,840 2.44
Coroner's Courts 103,750 107,630 3.74
Total 3,531,850 3,621,600 2.54

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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