Decision details

To consider and determine the following Recommended minute of Cabinet held 17 February 2022 - General Fund Budget 2022/23 (CAB3335)

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


1             That the level of General Fund Budget for 2022/23 be agreed, and the summary as shown in Appendix A of CAB3335 be approved.


2             That the additional year of New Homes Bonus Allocation be used to fund the following proposals:

a)            Increased provision for Local Council Tax Support, with £100,000 additional one off provision to the Council’s Hardship Fund

b)            £450k to fund essential maintenance work to Monuments and Historic Assets

c)            Low Carbon Transport - £250k to fund trials of low carbon bin lorries and/or buses operating existing Council services

d)            £40k to fund the installation of bike storage and other measures to support the promotion of cycling and walking

e)            £150k to fund feasibility work to prepare for the implementation of a food waste trial collection system in 2023.

f)             £185k to fund the cost of additional city and market town centre cleansing, the maintenance and replacement of street furniture (litter bins, seats, bollards bin stores etc) and also to fund an increased emphasis on fly tipping (additional clearance, surveillance and promotion)

g)            £25k to support work to embed the principles of the Council’s “City of Sanctuary” commitments and to review the diverse needs of communities across the district.

h)            £100k to fund fixed term IT staff to develop council systems to meet the requirements of flexible/agile working 


3             That the investment proposals set out in section 13.4 of report CAB3335 be supported, including:

a)           To reinstate the annual contribution of £250k to the Asset and Property reserve to support future investment and maintenance of council assets

b)           To increase the annual revenue contribution to the Parking and Access reserve by £200k per annum to support the implementation works set out in the annual Parking investment programme

c)            Increasing the annual staffing budget by £175k per annum from 2022/23 to create additional capacity in the Legal Services, Communications and Economic Development teams

d)           Increasing the annual staffing budget by £60k per annum from 2023/24 to create additional capacity in the Strategic Planning team

e)           An increase in the budget for annual audit fees of £30,000


4             That the 2022 Council Tax Hardship Scheme allocation of £100,000 and the distribution of this funding as set out in Appendix F be approved; to be administered by the Revenues & Benefits teams under the Service Lead for Revenues & Benefits.


5             That the sum of £1,061,591 be treated as Special Expenses under Section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 in respect of the Winchester Town area as set out in section 16 and Appendix D.


6             That the Council Tax for the Special Expenses in the Winchester Town area at Band D for 2022/23 be increased by 4.5% to £76.71, an increase of £3.30.


7             That the surplus balance on the Council Tax Collection Fund for distribution to this Council, calculated in January 2022 of £24,315, be approved.


8                That the level of Council Tax at Band D for City Council services for 2022/23 be increased to £151.29, an increase of £3.95 reflecting an average Council tax increase of 2.7%.


Reason Key: Expenditure > £250,000;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Richard Botham, Strategic Director & Section 151 Officer Email:

Publication date: 24/02/2022

Date of decision: 23/02/2022

Decided at meeting: 23/02/2022 - Council

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