Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Cabinet considered the report and RESOLVED (unanimous) to:
1. Note the proposal for a rolling budget process.
2. Recommend to Council that the rolling budget be approved and that authority be delegated to the Interim Director of Law and Governance to approve the amendment of the ‘Budget Framework Procedure Rules’ to follow a revised budget process.
The Cabinet was responsible for initiating Budget Proposals within the Council’s Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules. The proposed approach and timetable for the 2019/20 budget setting process contained within the report varied from that contained within the Procedure Rules and Cabinet was being asked to put forward this alternative, four tranche process, for Council approval. Another benefit of the four tranche approach was that the early agreement of budget proposals before the start of the new financial year gave all council departments more time to implement the proposals, some of which may require long lead in times to achieve successful implementation.
No alternative option had been considered as the Cabinet was responsible under the constitution for initiating budget proposals and the Council was statutorily obliged to set a lawful and balanced budget by 11 March annually.
Council Constitution – Part 3, Section 3 – Executive Functions – Executive Delegations Council Constitution – Part 4, Section 6 – Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules
Publication date: 26/02/2018
Date of decision: 26/02/2018