Council Budget

Cllr Steptoe’s Decisions On Council Car Parks

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Mike Steptoe is the affable Tory councillor for Barling and Sutton, and is the cabinet member for “Enterprise”. Which means he’s the person who makes decisions about whether to have free car parking in council car parks at Xmas, and whether to charge the NHS for using car parking spaces for breast screening or other health checks. He’s just made…
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Important Stuff:Councils To Keep All Their Business Rates

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At the moment councils collect council tax and business rates. Broadly speaking, councils keep the council tax but pass the business rates back to Central Government. Central government then gives some of that back to councils as government grants George Osbourne has announced today that in the future councils will be allowed to keep all business rates from their area….
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Review Committee Asks Cllr Steptoe To Re-Think On Breast Cancer Screening Charges

Mammogram from Wikipedia. The breast on the left is healthy, the one on the right is cancerous

The Review Committee started the new civic year under its new chairman, Cllr Jerry Gibson. It was a good natured , non-party-political meeting. The most significant item was a call-in by Cllr Michael Hoy regarding a decision by Cllr Mike Steptoe on charging for commercial use of council car parks. Councillors weren’t concerned so much about the commercial side but…
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Setting The Council Tax

The District Council meets on Tuesday night, mainly to set the council tax for 2015-2016. As you will see below, the District Council , the County Council and the Fire Service are all keeping things as they are, so the only changes will be with the police, and the various parish councils: Note that Rayleigh are making a small reduction…

Help From The Council- And Some More Money Is Still Available For Voluntary Organisations…..

From the Echo: GRATEFUL volunteers say their free advice service has been saved from closure after it was handed vital funding by their council.Rochford and Rayleigh Citizens Advice Bureau was given £67,000 by Rochford District Council. The council is giving more than £100,000 to voluntary groups across south Essex. —- The CAB helps more than 3,000 people a year. Sue…
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Full Council Next Tuesday Night

The are two District Council meetings open to the public next week. Both start at 7:30 pm at the Civic Suite (opposite Rayleigh Church). Tuesday night has Full Council, Thursday night has Development Committee. Some of the items at Full Council are: 2 formal questions from Chris Black to Cllr Ian Ward: Revised Budget Estimates for the current financial year:…
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In Case Of Fire Or Flood…

The District Council Executive – the “Cabinet” meets next Wednesday. One of the items they are discussing is removing the council tax discounts that homeowners get for having unoccupied or uninhabitable properties. At the moment you pay no council tax for the first month you have a property unoccupied and unfurnished. This free month is going to be abolished. You…
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Money , Money , Money

You can download the District Council’s latest Financial Management Report here. Here’s an extract: 3 OVERALL FINANCIAL POSITION 3.1 The results to the end of June 2014 indicate that for the General Fund, the year-end position is forecast to meet the original estimate of £10.39m. – 3.2 The main factors that are reducing the overall net expenditure are:- Land Charge…
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Free Saturday Afternoon Car Parking Is Lost

The vote to keep free car parking on Saturday afternoons was lost tonight 19-14. The Echo has a good blow-by-blow account of tonight’s meeting here. In favour of keeping free car parking on Saturday afternoons: Pat Aves (Tory) Chris Black (Lib Dem) Robin Dray (Tory) John Griffin (Tory) Angela Hale (Tory) Diane Hoy (Green) Michael Hoy (Green) Chris Lumley (Lib…
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