Decision details

Original Revenue Budget 2024/25

Decision Maker: Health and Housing

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report seeking for Members to agree the draft revenue budget for 2024/25, for consideration at Special Policy and Finance Committee.


Members were reminded that a budget forecast was presented to the Policy and Finance Committee in September 2023.  This forecast predicted budget gaps of £877k in 2024/25, £2.261m in 2025/26 and £2.740m in 2026/27, after allowing for the use of general fund balances. The biggest factors affecting our forecast then were:


- Threat of losing New Homes Bonus.

- Assumption that the ‘One-off Funding Guarantee’ was indeed a one-off for 2023/24. - What level interest rates and inflation would be over the life of the forecast.


The key updates to the September 2023 forecast were summarised as follows:


- The continuation of the ‘One-off Funding Guarantee’ where required

- The New Homes Bonus and the Rural Delivery Grant will both continue for 2024/25 - The Revenue Support Grant will increase in line with CPI with no negative RSG

- Business rates will not be reset and Business Rate Pooling will continue

- A council tax referendum principle of up to 3% or £5 for district councils

- Ribble Valley’s Core Spending Power is set to increase by 4.7%


The Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive highlighted some of the main variations to net expenditure for this Committee.


The total movement from the Original Estimate in 2023/34 to the Original Estimate 2024/25 was a decrease of £37,850, or and increase of £31,350 after movements to and from earmarked reserves.




Approve the revenue original estimate for 2024/25 and submit this to the Special Policy and Finance Committee.

Report author: Averil Crowther

Publication date: 01/02/2024

Date of decision: 18/01/2024

Decided at meeting: 18/01/2024 - Health and Housing

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