Council welcomes comments on budget proposals

Cabinet has approved the first draft budget proposals for 2018/19.  The spending proposals are now open for a five week public consultation. 

The Forest of Dean District Council is preparing for a financially difficult year, against a background of declining government funding for local councils and rising costs. 

The proposed settlement for 2018/19 indicates a further government revenue support grant reduction in cash terms of £0.257 million or 8.2%.

  • The draft budget for 2018/19, together with the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2017/18 to 2021/22 identifies various funding initiatives and efficiency savings in the coming year to help the council 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 2.96% per cent will take the District element of council tax up to £173.83 for the average Band D taxpayer, an increase of £5.00 a year (10p per week).

  • The cabinet proposes to freeze car park charges and green waste charges.

  • There will be no cuts in frontline services in 2018/19. 

Public consultation:

The full draft budget report, together with the Medium Term Financial Strategy, can be found at item 10 on this 14 December 2017 Cabinet meeting agenda.

You can comment on the budget proposals by visiting

All comments should be received by 5pm on Friday 19 January 2018

All public comments will be taken into account by the Cabinet when putting forward their final budget proposals, which will be presented to full council for approval on Thursday 22 February 2018.


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