Council approves £521 million 2022/23 budget
Gloucestershire County Council has approved a £521 million budget for 2022/23 to help the county build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The budget is an increase of more than £38 million on 2021/22 levels and was approved by Council at a meeting on Wednesday, 16 February.
Funding has been agreed for 26-miles of cycle track from Stroud to Bishop’s Cleeve, investment into our market towns and high streets, and ongoing support and protection of the most vulnerable in our communities
As well as this, the budget also includes:
- £100 million for our roads
- £150 million investment into school buildings in Gloucestershire
- £14 million investment into Children and Young People’s Services
- £1 million per year to tackle climate change
- £20 million invested into cycle routes across the county
- £9 million extra to support vulnerable adults and those living with a disability
- More investment into Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Despite the extra investment, the council is still expected to have one of the lowest council tax levels of any county council.
The budget will raise around £10.2 million to help fund services through a council tax increase of 1.99%. We will also apply the national social care precept at 1% to raise an additional £3.7 million to support the thousands of vulnerable adults we work with each year. Based on a band D property, this equates to a £3.50 monthly increase.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This is a budget that will begin building back better for Gloucestershire.
“It features investment into our county to help our communities recover after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and also invests in the future of Gloucestershire by putting the climate emergency at the heart of what we do, to allow us to work to create a Greener Gloucestershire.
“I am proud of what we have been able to achieve in this budget, while also delivering one of the lowest council tax levels of any county council in England.”
Amendments to the budget which were approved by Council include:
- An additional £250,000 to Community Speedwatch, making a total of £550,000
- £33,000 to prevent increases to the costs of parking permits
- £45,000 to pay for a biodiversity management officer to identify opportunities on Council land
- £120,000 to establish a recycling shop pilot at one of the county’s household recycling centres
- £100,000 to reserve for traffic regulation orders (TRO)