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To confirm the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 25 January 2024.
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CABINET MEMBERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Purpose Of Report
1. The Council must set a balanced budget for 2024/2025. The draft revenue and capital budget proposals are summarised in this report.
2. Cabinet is recommending to Council that it:
i. approves a 2.99% increase in Hart District Council’s Band D Council Tax Charge for 2024/25,
ii. agrees changes to fees and charges for 2024/25 in line with the principles set out in this report, and approves the full schedule included at Appendix 4,
iii. approves the draft Revenue Budget for 2024/25 as summarised in paragraph 15 and Appendix 1, incorporating the baseline net service cost variations included at paragraph 17 and Appendix 1,
iv. approves the Capital Bids as detailed in Appendix 2,
v. approves the Medium-Term Financial Strategy as set out in Appendix 3,
vi. notes the emerging pressures and risks set out in the report and the S151 Officer’s intention to undertake a mid-year review of detailed budgets
vii. approves the continuation of the capital receipt flexibility strategy detailed in the report under the Direction issued by the Government early in 2022.
viii. approves not to change the Council’s existing Council Tax Support Scheme other than the required statutory uprating,
1 The purpose of this report is to provide the Council with the necessary information to make decisions regarding the setting of Council Tax for the year 2024/25. It summarises all the relevant budgetary decisions that have been made to determine the level of Council Tax for the year 2024/25. The report includes the specifics of each individual level of Council Tax that requires approval by the Council. Council approved the overall council tax base on 25 January 2024, 42,690.97 dwellings.
2 It is recommended that Council agrees to the following council tax resolutions:
A. The Council Tax requirement for the Council’s own purposes for 2024/25 (excluding Parish precepts) is £8,460,069.52
B. That the following amounts be calculated for the year 2024/25 in accordance with Sections 31 and 34 to 36 of the Act:
1. To present the draft Treasury Management Strategy Statement for 2024/25 which incorporates the Annual Investment Strategy, Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Policy and Prudential and Treasury Indicators.
2. It is a legal obligation to set a Capital Strategy, which is also presented for review. This strategy provides the strategic framework for the treasury activity. The 2024/25 draft documents do not suggest any major changes as compared to the approved ones for the current year.
3. Cabinet is recommending to Council that it:
i. approves the Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2024/25 and the revised Minimum Revenue Provision policy contained within it,
ii. approves the Annual Investment Strategy for 2024/25 and;
iii. Approves the Capital Strategy 2024/25.
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