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Draft Budget Proposals
2018/19 Questionnaire

Elected Mayor's Proposals

Children's Services

Youth Grants

Q1 To reduce the funding given to youth service providers.

This proposal is expected to save £30,000 in 2018/19 and will mean that the council will not provide grants to locality based youth service providers.

These providers deliver activities and services for young people. They will have the opportunity to raise funds through the Torbay Lottery. The proposed budget next year for the Youth Trust would be £307,000 with the provision for youth grants being £0.

Do you support this proposal?
 
Q1a Do you feel this proposal will impact on you?
 
Q1b

Public Health

Adult Substance Misuse Services

Q2 To reduce the Substance Misuse Service contract.

This proposal is to reduce the budget by £62,000 in 2018/19 and £100,000 in 2019/20.


These services provide treatment for people who use drugs and alcohol problematically and provide pharmacy based services e.g. needle exchange and supervised consumption of controlled medication. The proposed budget for next year would be £2,475,000.

Do you support this proposal?
 
Q2a Do you feel this proposal will impact on you?
 
Q2b

Elected Mayor's Proposals

Business Services

Beach Team

Q3 To create additional income generation from beach huts, including fees paid in specific locations and numbers of beach huts.

This proposal is expected to generate income of £31,000 in 2018/19 and £20,000 in 2019/20.

The Beaches Service would generate a surplus of £181,000 next year.

Do you support this proposal?
 
Q3a Do you feel this proposal will impact on you?
 
Q3b

Economic Regeneration

Q4 To reduce the funding for Economic Regeneration.

This proposal is expected to save £50,000 in 2018/19.


The proposed budget for next year would be £299,000.

Do you support this proposal?
 
Q4a Do you feel this proposal will impact on you?
 
Q4b

Elected Mayor's Proposals

Community Services

Events Development

Q5 To reduce the Elected Mayor’s Event budget.

This proposal is expected to save £15,000 in 2018/19 and £15,000 in 2019/20.

The funding has historically been used to support new events in Torbay and part fund the Air Show, Tall Ships, Hockey and Bowls Festivals etc. The proposed budget for next year would be £30,000.

Do you support this proposal?
 
Q5a Do you feel this proposal will impact on you?
 
Q5b

Museums

Q6 To remove the grant funding to Torquay and Brixham Museums.

This proposal is expected to save £28,000 in 2018/19 and £27,000 in 2019/20.

The proposed budget for next year would be £27,000.

Do you support this proposal?
 
Q6a Do you feel this proposal will impact on you?
 
Q6b

Elected Mayor's Proposals

Swimming Pool Grants

Q7 To change the way funding is made available to Swim Torquay at Plainmoor Community Swimming Pool and Admiral Swimming Centre in Brixham, by providing a reserve fund that can be drawn on by both organisations.

This proposal is expected to save £47,000 in 2018/19.

The proposed revenue budget for next year would be £0.

Do you support this proposal?
 
Q7a Do you feel this proposal will impact on you?
 
Q7b

Highways Maintenance

Q8 To use Capital Structural Maintenance funding to carry out some of the larger reactive works required on the highway.

This proposal is expected to save £50,000 in 2018/19.

The current Capital Structural Maintenance allocation is used to fund investment such as planned resurfacing and preventative maintenance. It is proposed to use some of this for reactive larger patching works. This would leave a proposed Capital Structural Maintenance budget for next year of £1.2million.

Do you support this proposal?
 
Q8a Do you feel this proposal will impact on you?
 
Q8b

Council Tax

In 2017/18, the Council Tax charge attributable to Torbay Council for an average band D property is £1,376.93 per year. Torbay's Council Tax rate is currently the lowest in Devon e.g. Teignbridge is £1,428.09.
Government do not allow local authorities to raise basic Council Tax beyond 1.99% on the previous year's charge, without holding a referendum in relation to that increase. However, they have granted councils extra flexibility to raise the adult social care precept by up to 3% for 2018/19, in addition to any increase on Council Tax below 2%.
Q9 To increase Council Tax by 1.99%, as permitted by Government, which equates to £0.53 per week (£27.40 per year) on the average band D property.

This proposal is expected to generate in the region of
£1.2 million of additional income.

Do you support this proposal?
 
Q10 To add the Adult Social Care Precept of 3% to Council Tax.

This proposal is expected to generate Council Tax in the region of
£1.8 million as additional income specifically to support the pressures in Adult Social Care Services. This equates to £0.79 per week (£41.31 per year) on an average band D property.

If an increase in Council Tax of 1.99% (as per question 9) is agreed, the total percentage increase could be 4.99% which equates to £1.32 per week (£68.71 per year) on an average band D property.

Do you support this proposal?
 
Q11 Raising Council Tax above the proposed 4.99% could help protect front line and non-statutory services that may be at risk. However, this would mean the Council would be required to hold a referendum in relation to the increase.

Would you be prepared to pay more Council Tax in addition to the proposed 4.99%?
(The figures below use the 2017/18 Council Tax charge attributable to Torbay Council for an average band D property).

Other Potential Options

In preparing the draft budget, it has been assumed that Council Tax will increase by 4.99%. The Elected Mayor’s proposals leave £797,000 still to be identified in order for him to be able to present a proposed balanced budget for the Council to consider in February 2018.  We are hopeful that this gap will be reduced once all of our assumptions which have been used to develop this budget are confirmed, including any announcements with the Government's budget. However, there is a risk that there are changes which means that there remains a budget gap. In that scenario, Officers have identified the following as potential options which could help the Council bridge the financial gap, meaning a robust balanced budet could be set by the Council.

Public Toilets

Torbay Council is currently responsible for 28 public toilets spread out across Torquay, Paignton and Brixham and we appreciate that this facility is an important part of our service offer to residents and visitors. The provision of these facilities costs the council approximately £663,000 per year (plus an additional £141,000 for utilities). In recent years there have been considerable pressures on the Council’s finances and it has become increasingly difficult to ensure that we can provide toilet facilities which are clean and comfortable for people to use as well as bring them up to more modern standards which our residents and visitors expect.
In other parts of the country Councils have adopted many different ways of providing clean, high quality toilets for members of the public and visitors to use. Possible options are set out below and we are interested to know whether you think these options would work for Torbay.
Q12 We know that some of our toilets are rarely used and are expensive to maintain. We are interested to know whether you would support the closure of some facilities, so the Council could concentrate its resources and funding on upgrading the facilities which are used the most.
Q13 Some Councils are able to refurbish and improve the standard and quality of their public toilets by introducing a fee for the use of facilities. Would you support charging a fee for some public toilet facilities?  
Q14 Charging a fee to use some toilets would provide some of the funding needed to improve facilities to ensure they are fit for the future and are of a much higher standard than current provision. Improvements could include; improved lighting, new fittings and redecoration. How much would you be prepared to pay to use some facilities?
Q15

About You

These questions help us to understand the opinions of different groups of people.
Q16 Are you;
 
 
 
Q17 Which of the following age groups applies to you?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q18
Q19 Do you consider yourself to be disabled in any way?
Q19a If yes, please tell us how it affects you.
 
 
 
Q20 How would you describe your ethnic origin?
 
 
 
 

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