Financial planning is essential for achieving our priorities in a cost effective and efficient way and we are committed to continuing to provide quality services that are valued by residents despite the challenging economic climate.
We estimate we will need to save £100m between 2011 and 2018. Having made good progress in the early years, the Medium Term Financial Plan is now focussed on delivering a further £53m of savings between 2014 and 2018.
We have now approved our medium term financial plan 2014-2018 - download a copy of the plan (pdf). Contact our financial management team if you have any questions.
We carry out equality impact assessments to demonstrate that we have paid 'due regard' to eliminating discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relations in all aspects of our work. These documents are updated to identify any further potential impacts that proposals included in our medium term financial plan may have on diverse or more vulnerable groups within our communities. View our impact assessments.
Download a copy of the report which councillors approved for the levels of council tax for 2015/16 (pdf).
Fees and charges from April 2014
We charge a fee to cover the cost of some of our services and administrative processes or because we have a legal obligation to charge for processing the information you provide. We are in the process of updating the fees and charges so please check with the relevant service for current prices. Download our fees and charges (pdf).
In the public sector, fraud diverts valuable resources away from those who need them most, our customers. It is estimated that fraud costs the public sector in the United Kingdom £20.3 billion a year.
Counter fraud is the action we take to reduce the likelihood of fraud or irregularity occurring, and reducing the impact of that fraud or irregularity, should it happen. We have a zero-tolerance approach towards fraud and irregularity and we are doing more to deter it. Our aim is to improve the integration of fraud prevention and detection into the culture of the council, our partnerships, contracts and the civic sector.
We also ensure that adequate and effective measures are put in place to correct any identified fraud or irregularity.
To find out more download a copy of our counter-fraud strategy (pdf) and prosecution policy (pdf).
Examples of the types of fraud we investigate include:
- business rates (for example falsely claiming relief; failure to declare occupancy of a property; falsely claiming insolvency status)
- social care (including direct payments)
- false insurance claims
- disabled parking concessions (blue badges)
- economic and third sector fraud (the false payment of grants, loans or financial support by local government to private individuals, companies, charities and non-government organisations)
Report a fraud online or call 01934 634 762 to report it anonymously if you suspect that a fraud is being committed against the council. Visit the Gov.UK website to report a housing benefit fraud.
Following a tendering process, Barclays Bank will be providing banking arrangements for us from 1 April 2014. Find out about the change of banking arrangements and if this will affect the way you pay us.
Inspection of accounts
Download our notice of audit of accounts (pdf) for the year ending 31 March 2015 and audited statement of accounts 2014-2015 (pdf). For more information about inspecting our accounts, the audit process and to view our previous statements of accounts, read our statement of accounts FAQs.
Over £250-spend reports
To improve openness and transparency in public spending, we publish details of items that we spend over £250 on. View over £250 spend reports.
For more information contact our financial management team.