|Thursday, 22 February, 2024
|Berkshire Community Groups - Free networking & training afternoon on 9th March
|Thursday, 14 December, 2023
|Bracknell Forest Council - Have your say on our draft 2024/25 budget
Bracknell Forest residents, groups and organisations can now have their say on the council’s proposed 2024/25 budget.
Each December we set out proposals for where we will spend our money the following financial year. We also set out where we propose to make savings (sometimes referred to as efficiencies).
At its meeting on Tuesday (12 December), the decision-making executive agreed that the public should be consulted on the proposed 2024/25 budget over the next six weeks.
This means you have until Wednesday, 24 January to look through the proposed spending and savings and let us know what you think.
This year’s budget includes a range of spending and savings proposals, including:
Residents can have their say through the official consultation. Additionally, this year, councillors will also be visiting keys destinations like libraries and The Lexicon to gather feedback on specific proposals. Comments will form part of the overall consultation. Dates and locations will be made available on the council’s website shortly.
Cllr Kathryn Neil, executive member for finance and business change, said: “Balancing the budget is becoming more challenging each year. This year we have been faced with an unprecedented in-year budget gap, which is slowly reducing but currently stands at more than £1m. The gap has been caused through rising costs, rising inflation, increased service demand and years of underfunding from central government.
“We are not immune to further cost, inflation and service demand rises. This is why creating balanced draft budget plans has been particularly difficult; we’ve had to look very carefully at what we can spend money on and where we may need to make savings.
“We now want to hear what residents think about these draft plans and so I urge you to have your say before 24 January. In order to hear more of your thoughts, we will also be visiting key destinations over the next six weeks to gather your feedback, which will help us refine the budget before it is agreed in February.”
The budget proposals do not detail the level of possible council tax increase for 2024/25. This will be discussed by the executive in February, as usual.
|Thursday, 16 November, 2023
|Bracknell Forest Council News Release - New Council Plan endorsed by executive
A significant step in agreeing the council’s new priorities for the borough for 2023-27 took place yesterday, when the decision making executive endorsed the draft Council Plan for approval by Council on 29 November.
The plan will look to improve local health, the environment, communities, and our economy over the next four years.
It sets out where the council will focus its attention, time and money.
The overall vision for the council in this period is to grow together and shape tomorrow. The plan has three key themes in line with that vision:
Once approved, the council will work with other relevant organisations like the NHS, community groups and businesses on the agreed priorities and projects.
Cllr Mary Temperton, leader of the council, said: “The draft Council Plan sets out the priorities for the borough for the next four years and aligns with the promises we made as part of our election manifesto.
“It sets out three main priorities for the council to focus its time and resources on until 2027. These are engaged and healthy communities, thriving and connected economy, and green and sustainable environment – all of these areas are important to our community. "
“The executive agreed the draft plan on Tuesday and I look forward to hearing the views of full council later on this month.”
You can find the full draft plan on the council’s website: Council Plan 2023 2027.pdf (bracknell-forest.gov.uk). Council will be asked to discuss the plan at its meeting on 29 November, where it is due to be given final approval.