How to best deliver corporate priorities, whilst dealing with inflation rising much faster than predicted, will be considered by the Council’s Executive on 12 July when it makes its recommendations for a revised Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) 2022-23.
Inflation forecasts have doubled since February 2022 when the Council decided on its latest MTFP and the Office for National Statistics now predicts there will be 9.1% inflation. The MTFP lasts four years and there is now a predicted extra £6.4m cost from this rising inflation and which, when added to the gap expected in February, leaves a total budget gap of £23m over this period. A minimum £2m saving is needed in 2022/23 to maintain the minimum working balance and enable the 2023/24 balanced Budget to be set.
The Executive will consider recommending to Council:
What will this mean?
Ipswich Borough Council will decide all savings in line with its updated corporate priorities:
Cllr David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, says:
“Soaring prices aren’t just affecting households. They are hitting the council hard too. Our whole approach is intended to respond to inflation in a manner that ensures the Council remains financially sustainable in the medium term.
“None of the areas where savings are proposed have a direct impact on household finances of Ipswich residents. Free of charge brown bins and the free young person’s Summer iCard will remain. The proposal to move community cash grants to three year awards will make it easier for the organisations who benefit to plan their budgets.”