Budget 2020-2021 - a year of investment
- Council Budget Report 2020-23; incorporating Capital, Treasury Management, General Fund Revenue and Housing Revenue Account
Kirklees Council has revealed major investment plans for regeneration, tackling climate change and achieving outstanding children's services.
The Budget 2020-2021 explains how the council will continue to deliver services over the next financial year within its Budget but also highlights three key priority areas the council will invest in.
Over the next year Kirklees Council plans to further invest in places, tackling climate change and achieving outstanding children's services.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:
"We are the seventh lowest funded council in the country, per head of the population. We don't get a fair deal but we will never let this get in the way of our ambition for Kirklees.
"It is more important than ever that the money we do have in our Budget is invested in the right areas and the work we're doing must truly benefit our residents and communities. That's what this budget is all about and I'm proud to present it."
Investing in our places
- £15million extra on unclassified roads.
- £68million extra for Huddersfield and Dewsbury town centre regeneration.
- £10million for regeneration and greening of our smaller towns and villages.
- £500,000 on local priorities such as tidying streets and other local initiatives.
- £370,000 to maintain our library offer.
Tackling climate change
- £750,000 to plant more trees.
- £2.4million to double the size of the council's electric vehicle fleet.
- £2million to increase recycling.
- £2million a year to invest in cycling, walking and sustainable travel projects.
- £14.6million for a Huddersfield heat network.
Building outstanding children's services
- £6million extra for high needs education.
- £600,000 into youth services.
- £800,000 extra into therapies for children in our care system.
- £170,000 extra for foster carers via the Mockingbird programme.
- £400,000 extra in domestic abuse services.
- £8million for adult social care.
- £50,000 on free digital autopsies for children who pass away.
- £300,000 to better support ward members to support residents.
Equality impact assessments
We know the changes we are talking about will affect some groups of residents more than others. When thinking about our budget options, we always consider what they could mean for different communities. We recognise that our community is made up of people with varying needs, and we believe it's important to consider a range of views when planning your council's budget.
The equality impact assessments help us understand the potential impact of our budget options for people. We will also be talking to specific groups about what this could mean for them as part of this consultation.
Summaries of accounts
Statements of accounts
Publication of Kirklees Council Statement of Accounts and Audit Opinion
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 â€“ Regulation 10, as amended by The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021
The audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 for Kirklees Council has not yet been completed by the external auditors, Grant Thornton UK LLP. The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 require that the audited accounts and opinion are published by 30 September 2021.
The delay has arisen due to a combination of factors, comprising the following:
- the impact of COVID-19 on both the complexity of the audit and pace at which it can be completed;
- the increased assurance work that auditors are required to carry out nationally with respect to pensions and asset valuations.
The audit and issue of the audit opinion is expected to conclude during October 2021 after which the statement of accounts and audit opinion will be published as soon as is reasonably practicable.
Therefore, this notice of delayed audit is being published in accordance with Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 .
Kirklees Council's Corporate Governance and Audit Committee was formally advised of this matter on 24 September 2021 and subject to the delegations agreed at this committee the final audited accounts will be published as soon as the audit is concluded.