LGiU the council of 2043: Sir Andrew Stunell, OBE MP

30To mark the LGiU’s 30th anniversary we invited 30 contributors to gaze in to a crystal ball and tell us how councils will be different in 2043.

Sir Andrew Stunell, OBE MP has managed to find a briefing note that was written for the futuristic Chair of a council’s annual review and budget meeting.

Council Annual Review and Budget Meeting 2050

(suggested chair’s notes)

As chair of the Neighbourhood Councils Forum it is my great privilege to welcome you to our Budget Meeting in the Chamber tonight.

For those residents who are tuned in on Channel 10, please note that the annual Tax-and-Spend vote will not commence until the budget debate has concluded.  You will need to have activated your citizenship button to vote.

Following the steering committee meeting earlier today I can announce that each of the 215 Neighbourhood Council budgets have been signed off and the total to be raised for the coming year amounts to 750 million euros across the Council, with 10 million euros for central administration and Town Hall delivery.

The resolution before you is to raise the Standard Rate of Local Income Tax by 10 cents, but to freeze the Land Tax at 10,000 euros/hectare.

Our combined capital budget amounts to 100 million euros, a fall of 20 million euros, reflecting reduced costs following the completion of the zero carbon retrofit programme on the final phase of the pre 2016 housing stock.

We have notified the Treasury of our reduced capital requirement, and advised them that we will be transferring the unspent sum to the regional transport fund to support additional noise reduction measures along the route of HS4.

The Council’s members of the Combined Regional Authority will be elected at the close of the meeting, and I would again remind online residents that you will need to have activated your citizenship button before you vote.

I now call on the Clerk to present the budget.

(You may also wish to refer to Tania Creasby’s selection for the Olympics)

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