Council budget consultation 2017/18

At a cabinet meeting on 13 December 2016, the council's draft budget for 2017/18 was approved for consultation. We asked for your views on the proposals and consultation closed on Friday 13 January 2017.

The final budget for 2017/18 was approved at a full council meeting on 24 February 2017.


Cheltenham Borough Council is preparing for a financially difficult year, against a background of declining government funding for local councils and rising costs.

  • Its draft budget for 2017/18 identifies £1,337,800 of efficiency savings in the coming year and there are plans to save a further £2,365,700 over the following two years through service transformation, rationalising our accommodation and enabling economic growth and investment to help the council to become self-financing and less dependent on government support.
  • There will be a small increase in the district council’s share of council tax. The increase of 2.6% per cent will take the borough element of council tax up to £197.12 for the average Band D taxpayer, an increase of £5.00 a year.
  • There will also be a modest increase in garden waste charges but this will enable an enhanced recycling service with the addition of brown cardboard and plastic pots, tubs and trays being added to the fortnightly kerbside collection service.
  • There will also be no cuts in frontline services in 2017/18.

Budget documents

Read the full draft budget papers that went to the cabinet meeting on 13 December 2016.

You can also view the council's Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) which provides a broad strategy and outlines the process for setting the budget and council tax for 2017/18.

View the proposed fees and charges for the council's pest control service in 2017/18.


Current budget

The final budget for 2017/18 was approved at a full council meeting on 24 February 2017.