Members were presented with a report that set out the budget proposals for a balanced budget for 2019/20. The Council was currently forecasting a budget gap of £0.47 million for 2020/21.
The Leader introduced the report and stated that all Members had the opportunity to input into the process at the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Panel and Development Management Committee meeting held on 24 January 2019.
During discussion, one Member raised that surplus New Homes Bonus Funds should be invested back into areas of the community that needed social and affordable housing. In response, the Leader advised that he expected a report to be forthcoming to the next meeting of the Executive in March 2019 that related to housing projects.
Members then agreed that the letter written by the Leader to Ministers in respect of the council tax loophole was excellent. The Deputy Leader advised that copies had been sent to the MPs and the Housing Minister and would be followed up. One Member felt that the Council could go further and support a proposal to double council tax on second homes.
It was then:
That Council be RECOMMENDED: