The Council's Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) - Consultation with Residents, Businesses, and other Stakeholders
Shaping our next budget – 2021/2022
The draft Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) was presented to Leadership Team on Wednesday 11 November 2020 including details of key saving and investment proposals.
The MTFS provides the financial framework underpinning delivery of the Council’s priorities.
It is very important that our residents, businesses and other key stakeholders have a say in this draft MTFS and help to ensure the Council fulfils its obligations to set a balanced budget for 2021/22. A link to the consultation survey can be found at the bottom of this page.
The Council has a budget pressure of £45.9m over the next three years driven by projected increases in demand for services such as housing and social care, changing economic conditions, and a much greater reliance on income generated locally rather than government grant funding.
The Council also faces uncertainties including the continuing impact of Covid-19, Brexit, and the future of local authority funding. It is therefore proposed that reserves are maintained at prudent levels to protect service delivery from the potential financial impacts of these uncertainties.
The recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing recovery from the Grenfell tragedy will remain priorities for Kensington and Chelsea, as the Council consults on next year’s budget. Financial plans include funding to implement the Council’s commitment to the London Living Wage and a proposal to earmark up to £8m of Council Reserves to fund the Borough’s recovery from Covid-19. The £50m Grenfell Recovery Strategy budget continues to be protected.
The budget gap is in part driven by £5m of budget growth to meet pressures on service delivery recognising the increased demand for services and the changing needs of our residents and vulnerable households. Services across the Council have identified £10m of budget savings to help balance the budget while aiming to ensure front line services and delivery of Council Plan priorities aren’t adversely affected. At this point a budget gap still remains.
Capital expenditure plans have also been reviewed with £66.4m of new investment proposed to ensure the effective running of Council services and the things that matter to residents including building new homes, investing in our council housing, supporting education, and improving our streets and connectivity in the borough, all of which will help to create jobs, opportunities and build a better future for the borough.
A summary of the new saving and investment proposals listed by Council Plan Priority is included as a downloadable document below.
The Council’s Fees & Charges Schedule which proposes the annual price changes was published at the 9 December Leadership Team and is available for your consideration in responding to this budget consultation. Please visit our RBKC committees page for information on the proposals regarding the fees and charges schedule.
In line with relevant legislation the Council is also considering its position on the following in relation to Council Tax:
- Council Tax discount for second homes - it is proposed this remains at the current level of zero,
- Council Tax premium for long-term empty properties - it is proposed to increase the premium payable meaning the total Council Tax payable on these properties will increase from up to 300% to up to 400% dependant on the length of time the property is vacant.
We hope you will take the time to read the proposals and feedback to us so that we can give you a balanced budget, supporting delivery of the services you prioritise. The consultation closes on Thursday 21 January 2021.
Your feedback will inform the preparation of the final budget that will be presented to Full Council, along with revised Council Tax levels on Wednesday 3 March 2021.