Decision details

2020/21 Final Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommmend Forward to Council

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


This report sets out the financial context for the Council and the draft Revenue and Capital budgets for the 2020/21 financial year and indicative budgets for the period 2021 to 2025.




That Cabinet makes the following recommendations to Council on 4 February 2020. 


Cabinet recommends that Council:

  1. Approve the net revenue budget requirement be set at £968.4 million (net cost of services after service specific government grants) for 2020/21 (Annex B to the submitted report), subject to confirmation of the Final Local Government Financial Settlement;
  2. Approve the total Council Tax funding requirement be set at £765.3 million for 2020/21.  This is an increase of 3.99%, made up of an increase in the level of core Council Tax of 1.99% to cover core Council services and an increase of 2% in the precept proposed by Central Government to cover the growing cost of Adult Social Care (Annex E to the submitted report);
  3. Note that for the purpose of section 52ZB of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, the Council formally determines that the increase in Council Tax is not such as to trigger a referendum (i.e. not greater than 2%);
  4. Set the Surrey County Council precept for Band D Council Tax at £1,511.46, which represents a 3.99% uplift. This is a rise of £1.11 a week from the 2019/20 precept of £1,453.50. This includes £131.46 for the Adult Social Care precept, which has increased by £29.07. A full list of bands is as follows:



  1. Approve the Flexible Use of Capital Receipts Strategy for 2020/21 to meet the statutory guidelines for the use of such receipts to fund transformation and the move back into the County (Annex F to the submitted report);
  2. Note that underlying General Fund Balances remain at £21.3 million as at 1 April 2020;
  3. Approve the Total Schools Budget of £505.7 million to meet the Council’s statutory requirement on schools funding;
  4. Approve the overall indicative Budget Envelopes for Executive Directorates and individual services for the 2020/21 budget (Annex B to the submitted report);
  5. Approve the total £1.447 billion proposed five-year Capital Programme (comprising £851m of budget and £596m pipeline) and approves the £175.7 million capital budget in 2020/21 (Annex C to the submitted report);


  1. Approve the Capital Strategy (Annex G to the submitted report), which provides an overview of how risks associated with capital expenditure, financing and treasury will be managed as well as how they contribute towards the delivery of services;
  2. Approve the policy for making a prudent level of revenue provision for the repayment of debt (the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Policy) (Annex H to the submitted report); and
  3. Approve the Investment Strategy (Annex I to the submitted report), which provides detail on how the Council will manage commercial investments;


Cabinet recommends that the Audit & Governance Committee:

13.  Approve the Treasury Management Strategy and Prudential Indicators (Annex J to the submitted report) which set a framework for the Council’s treasury function to manage risks, source borrowing and invest surplus cash.


Reasons for decision:


Council will meet on 4 February 2020 to agree a budget and to set the Council Tax Precept for 2020/21. Cabinet is required to recommend a budget to Council for consideration at this meeting. The budget directs available resources to support the achievement of the Council’s ambitions and priorities in the 2030 Vision and the Organisation Strategy.

The budget will also support the delivery of the continuing transformational changes that are required to ensure that the Council can improve priority outcomes for residents, while managing growing demand for services and ensuring future financial sustainability.


Report author: Kevin Kilburn

Publication date: 28/01/2020

Date of decision: 28/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 28/01/2020 - Cabinet

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