Budgets and spending
The council's budget is prepared annually and is a six-month process beginning in September with the Medium Term Financial Plan and finishing with the production of the budget in March.
The Medium Term Financial Strategy ("MTFS") is a five-year rolling plan, taken to cabinet in September. It is a strategic document produced to provide members with an indication of the potential size of the authority's revenue budget over the next three years, the anticipated resource levels and the impact of this on our activities.
The MTFS provides a context for the budget and enables the council to consider the medium-term impact of financial and performance decisions with the knowledge of the potential impact on the levels of council tax in the following five years.
It allows the council to identify expenditure trends, plan developments and identify the impact on the revenue budget.
The Financial Plan is set in October and establishes a guideline budget for each department for the following financial year. Departments develop their detailed budget for council in February.