Decision - General Fund Revenue Budget, Capital & Treasury Management Strategy 2024-25

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General Fund Revenue Budget, Capital & Treasury Management Strategy 2024-25

Decision Maker: Strategy, Finance & City Regeneration Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The report recommends the General Fund budget, capital programme and capital/treasury strategies to full Council for approval at the Budget Council meeting.




That Strategy, Finance & City Regeneration Committee recommends to Council:


2.1      The Administration’s proposed budget and Council Tax increase on the Brighton and Hove element of the council tax, comprising:

i) A general Council Tax increase of 2.99%;

ii) An Adult Social Care Precept increase of 2.00%;

iii) The council’s net General Fund budget requirement for 2024/25 of £246.353m;

iv) The 2024/25 budget allocations to services as set out in Appendix 1;

v) The Budget Strategies and proposed savings as set out in Appendix 1;

vi) The one-off resource allocations as set out in the table at paragraph 5.8.

vii) A recommended working balance of £9.000m (approximately 3.7% of the net budget) to be maintained or replenished over the period of the Medium Term Financial Strategy.


2.2      That Council notes the updated 4-Year Medium Term Financial Strategy included at paragraph 10.3 including predicted budget shortfalls of £73m over the 4-year period.


2.3      That Council approves the Capital Strategy for 2024/25 at Appendix 2 comprising:

i) The strategy for funding the investment in change, including the flexible use of capital receipts as set out in section 8;

ii) The capital resources and proposed borrowing included at Annex A of the

Capital Strategy;

iii) The Capital Investment Programme for 2024/25 of £211.470m included at

Appendix 1 and incorporating allocations to strategic funds.


2.4      That Council notes the Equalities Impact Assessments to cover all relevant budget options as set out in Appendix 6.


2.5      That Council further notes that approval of the budget is an indicative resourcing decision to be taken in the context of the explanation given in the Legal Implications at paragraph 18.2.


2.6      That Council approves the Treasury Management Strategy Statement as set out in Appendix 3 comprising:

i) The Annual Investment Strategy;

ii) The Prudential and Treasury Indicators;

iii) The Minimum Revenue Provision policy;

iv) The authorised borrowing limit for the year commencing 1 April 2024.


2.7      That Council notes that supplementary information needed to set the overall council tax, including a detailed Budget Book, will be provided for the Budget Council meeting as listed in paragraph 12.3.


That Strategy, Finance & City Regeneration Committee:


2.8      Agrees that the council’s Chief Finance Officer be authorised to make any necessary technical, presentational or consequential amendments to this report before submission to Budget Council.

Report author: Nigel Manvell

Publication date: 09/02/2024

Date of decision: 08/02/2024

Decided at meeting: 08/02/2024 - Strategy, Finance & City Regeneration Committee

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