The council hold a number of budget events at various venues, accompanied by an online survey, with the results being considered as part of the budget setting process.
One Budget Event for the general public was held at East Riding Leisure Beverley on 24 November 2016. In addition, one event specifically for the business sector was held at Beverley Art Gallery in the Treasure House on 29 November 2016. An online survey was launched on 21 October and closed on 11 December 2016.
The events comprised presentations outlining the financial challenges faced by the Council. Delegates took part in a workshop and were invited to take part in a question and answer session, with senior managers and councillors on hand to join in with the discussions and activities and listen to the views of those taking part.
The workshop used a research technique known as ‘Q Methodology’, which has been used in research settings to examine how people feel about a topic, to study people’s subjectivity, i.e. their viewpoint.
An online survey used the same statements used in the workshop session. Respondents were asked to choose statements that they least agreed with and statements they most agreed with.
The result of the budget consultation is summarised below.
The top priorities at the budget events (i.e. the areas where delegates ‘least agreed’ with reductions) were:
Delegates ‘most agreed’ to:
In the online survey, respondents ‘least agreed’ with:
Respondents to the online survey ‘most agreed’ to:
Combined results from the events and the online survey show that the top priorities i.e. the areas where respondents ‘least agreed’ with reductions were:
Combined results show that respondents ‘most agreed’ to:
The council will continue to prioritise highways and flood protection measures and a decision to remove the council tax discount on empty properties was approved by Cabinet on 13 December 2016. A separate consultation on Household Waste Recycling Sites will be carried out in 2017.
Feedback from the 2017/18 events held in November 2015 were very positive. 86% of attendees rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’. 83% of attendees described the workshop discussion as constructive. 100% found the question and answer session ‘very useful’ or ‘useful’.
There were a number of questions asked at the events and the answers are currently being compiled. The answers will be published on this web page once finalised.
Information on Council Tax and how it affects the council's total funding and its budget for providing services will also appear on this web page once the Council Tax for the council, Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside. Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Town and Parish Councils are agreed in late February/early March.
If you have any further questions or would like more information on the council's budget events, please contact:
Stephen Chandler, senior accountant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (01482) 394258
Council tax is a local tax which was introduced on 1 April 1993 to help pay for local services. It is charged on all domestic properties, and the amount payable depends on the value of your property.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council provides a wide range of services to over 143,000 households and businesses in towns, villages and hamlets covering some 930 square miles. These include social care for the elderly and vulnerable, the construction and maintenance of roads, parks and other infrastructure, planning and building control services, waste collection, environmental health services, the provision of schools, libraries and museums, as well as many other local services.
All residents are users of council services and we strive to deliver high quality, cost effective services within the funding available to us.
To find more about council tax and how much you should pay, in addition to information provided by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside and the Humberside Fire Authority, please visit the council taxsection.
The report that agreed the Council Tax at the Special Council meeting held on 11 February 2016 can be found on the Council Meetings web page by selecting 'The Council Agenda 11 Feb 2016' link:
How the council is funded (pdf 27kb opens in new window)
The above document is a pie chart showing how the council is funded with summaries for each funding type detailed below.
£132.5million (18%) - For 2015/16, Council Tax makes up only 18% of the council's income, collected from residents of the East Riding.
£178.2 million (24%) - received from Central Government, made up of formula grant and other specific grants for particular services.
£210.6 million (29%) - this funds the schools in the East Riding and is "ring fenced" and cannot be spent elsewhere.
£166.2 million (23%) - this comes from council house rents, leisure centre charges, car parking charges and various other fees.
£9.3 million (1%) - The council used a proportion of its reserves in 2015/16
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is funded disproportionately compared to other councils and it costs us more to provide services due to the spread of the area. Below is a chart showing how the East Riding compares with other authorities.
Funding per head (pdf 12kb opens in new window)
Please note: The council receives over £100 per person less funding than the average for similar authorities as a result of the government grant formula.
The council works closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and NHS East Riding of Yorkshire to provide a network of local services at the highest level we can. Many council services are delivered in conjunction with one or more of these partners, for example the council has agreed a cost saving arrangement with Humberside Police, whereby both parties will be able to make use of each others fuel facilities, reducing the need to use commercial forecourts.
Some decisions the council makes need to be considered very carefully as they can have a direct impact on our partners. For example, if we reduced the budget of services working to encourage healthier lifestyles, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire would need to spend more to ensure that progress continues to be made.
For more information on our partners themselves, click the links below.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside (external website)
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (external website)
NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (external website)