Council budget consultation 2022/23

At a cabinet meeting on 21 December 2021, the cabinet's draft budget for 2022/23 was approved for consultation.

Cheltenham Borough Council has put forward its draft budget proposals for 2022/23 as it continues to lead the recovery of the town from Covid-19, amid increasing case numbers relating to the Omicron variant.

The proposals aim to shape and improve public services and enable strong economic growth, whilst providing a mechanism to ensure the council has available resources to continue to support the recovery of our businesses and communities.

Key proposals within the draft budget papers include:

  • Continued commitment to becoming a net zero carbon council and borough by 2030, providing additional capital finance to deliver infrastructure projects which support the council’s response to the climate emergency declaration in 2019.
  • A re-alignment of our budgets to reduce our reliance on income from vehicles, reduce our energy usage and allocate resources to meet the increased demand as residents recycle more of their waste.
  • Continued financial commitment to the Golden Valley development to realise the council’s flagship ambition to make Cheltenham the Cyber Capital of the UK. This includes the creation of a national centre of excellence for the cyber sector and wider tech industries that will be an engine-room for long-term inclusive growth for Cheltenham.
  • Continued commitment to fund additional resources and economic recovery investment in the town that promotes inclusive growth and creates a place where everyone can thrive and that benefits both our communities and the environment.

The council aims to encourage collaboration across sectors to ensure that culture, hospitality and creativity is interweaved into their economic recovery plans, in particular the ambitious plans for the Golden Valley development.

How to comment

You can see the full budget documents on item 9 of the cabinet meeting and email your views on the proposals to by Wednesday 26 January 2022.

Final budget setting

The full council will meet to set the budget, taking into account feedback from the budget consultation process, in February 2022. At this meeting, council will also agree the level of council tax, taking into account the requirements of Gloucestershire County Council and the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Current budget

The final budget for 2021/22 was approved at a full council meeting on 22 February 2021.