Sixty delegates attended the popular annual RBP budget event, which was hosted and presented by Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) at the Civic Centre, Addlestone.
Paul Turrell, Chief Executive and Peter McKenzie, Head of Corporate Finance, gave an outline of the Council’s budget strategy for the next three years and the major changes the council is going through to reduce costs and continue to deliver the high quality services residents and businesses expect. RBC has made efficiency savings of over £4 million over the last four years and has not increased council tax or cut services. This transformation strategy should result in savings of £5.5m by the end of 2013/14. By 2015/16, the Council will be operating with 40% less than in 2007/8. The views of the business community are an important part of the process to help the Council to shape services, and develop our town centres.
There are a number of significant government initiatives planned for 2013 including significant reductions in welfare benefit spending which may affect local economies, local councils will be able to retain some of the business rates they collect, incentives to minimise council tax increases and the ongoing impact of the austerity measures. If councils increase Council Tax by 2% or more they would have to hold a referendum
Adele O’Sullivan of the National Apprenticeship Service gave a brief outline of the grants which were available to employers for new apprenticeships.
The deadline for application is 31 March 2013.
(L-R) Peter McKenzie, Head ofCorporate Finance RBC
Chris Edge, Thorpe Park
Paul Turrell, CEO RBC