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Residents asked to give their thoughts on Forest of Dean District Council budget

Residents and businesses across the Forest of Dean are being asked to give their views on the District Council’s spending plans as it prepares its budget for the next financial year, with a consultation beginning 23rd December 2022 and running until 20th January 2023.

Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Richard Leppington, said:

“We have seen significant cuts to our budget, and this year is no different, especially amid rising inflation. We are expecting these Government cuts to carry through the coming years as economic recovery continues, but we are committed to continuing to deliver a high quality service for our residents.

“As part of the careful management of our finances we have improved the efficiency of our services and were able to save over £259,000 in 2022/23, and are predicting to save more than £340,000 in 2023/24.

“As part of our budget plans we are proposing that we continue to strive towards our goal of taking effective action in response to the climate emergency, ensuring that affordable housing is available for the people that need it most, helping local community groups to continue to provide fantastic services for residents in the Forest and ensuring that services such as our street warden team continue to operate effectively.

“This consultation is your chance to share your opinion and ask questions about the proposed budget for 2023/24. If you would like to have your say, please head to our website where you can find all the information you need.”

Forest of Dean District Council is responsible for a number of local services such as waste collection, planning, licensing, housing, parking and leisure with the county council delivering other services such as maintaining roads, adult social care, education, children’s services and public health.

The District Council receives only 10% of the total council tax bill residents pay, which is split between the district council, county council, police and fire service. Residents can see the exact split in their council tax bill.

To view the Council’s proposal for the 2023/24 budget, visit: 

As well as continuing to provide its services, the Council will also be supporting the Levelling Up projects with the regeneration of Fives Acres, the new enterprise education facility at Hartpury University and College and the regeneration and redevelopment of facilities in Cinderford.

To pay for the budget, the Council is proposing to raise council tax by 11p a week for a band D property.

If residents or businesses would like to share their views on the budget proposal, or had any questions, they can send emails to Andrew Knott, Chief Finance (S151) Officer for the Forest of Dean District Council – [email protected] 

The deadline to respond to the consultation is 20th January 2023.

Contact Information

Forest of Dean Communications Team

[email protected]