Consultation on the budget proposals, both for the public and partner organisations, will be undertaken until 24 January 2020 so as much feedback as possible can be gathered. The consultation questionnaire can be found on the consultation page. Paper copies are available at all Torbay Libraries and the Harbour offices.

Our Overview and Scrutiny Board will be holding its Priorities and Resources Review Panels during the consultation period when the Cabinet’s proposals will be discussed in detail. The Board’s formal response to the consultation will be agreed at its meeting on 22 January 2020.

Having considered the feedback from the consultation (including from the Overview and Scrutiny Board), the Cabinet will agree its final budget proposals at its meeting on Tuesday 4 February 2020. This meeting is open to the public and will start at 5:30pm and will be held at the Town Hall, Torquay.

The Council will then meet on 13 February 2020 to discuss the revenue and capital budgets and if the proposed budgets are approved by a majority of members then they will be adopted on the night. If an objection to the budget is proposed and approved by a majority of councillors, the Council will ask the Cabinet to consider those objections. Any objections will be considered by the Cabinet at its meeting on 20 February 2020. The Cabinet’s response will be considered by the Council on 27 February 2020 when a final decision on the budget will be made by the whole Council. Council Tax levels will be set at the meeting of the Council on 27 February 2020 as the Council has to wait for notifications from the Fire and Rescue Authority, the Police Authority and Brixham Town Council before setting the overall Council Tax for Torbay.

Details of the meetings when the budget proposals will be discussed are available on the meetings and decisions page.