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Government's £150 rebate scheme

Eligible households across Allerdale will begin to receive their £150 energy cost council tax rebate from today (Thursday 12 May). 
More than 40,000 households will receive a one-off payment, with the first batch of payments for those in council tax bands A to D who pay for their council tax via direct debit.
There are some households whose Direct Debit details have not been verified and these will follow on as soon as possible. Households who don’t pay by direct debit will receive letters containing information on how they can collect the rebate from their local post office in the coming weeks. 

Find out more about the rebate scheme.

Allerdale Borough Council Budget Consultation 2021/22 

Like other local authorities we have faced significant funding reductions over the past few years and the next years will see increasing pressure on the Council’s finances. We have already made savings of £9.4m over the past 8 years.

Added to an already challenging financial picture, we are now supporting our communities in dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our spending has gone up to meet the emergency response costs of the pandemic and we are seeing an increase in demand for council services such as support for the homeless. In addition, the income we receive, which supports the services we deliver, has reduced massively this year.

This budget consultation reflects the extreme uncertainty that we still face, but it also sets our approach to ensuring we can support our communities and businesses recover. Part of this is about ensuring we can be a financially sustainable organisation - finding ways to make the money we have work better through innovation, seeking new ways of working (whether through technology or collaboration), and finding ways to increase our income.

We are determined to do the best for our communities as we deal with the ongoing pandemic and move towards recovery.  We remain committed to ensuring front-line services are protected as much as possible, but we do have some tough decisions to make about the level of service we can continue to provide and how we can generate more income. Our aim is to be as efficient as possible whilst maintaining a level of service that our customers and partners expect. The COVID-19 pandemic has added greater pressure to the Council’s budget.

How is the consultation being carried out?

This consultation provides an opportunity for you to review and comment on Allerdale Borough Council’s approach to meeting the budget challenges ahead, including changes to Council Tax and some possible service delivery changes. 

We would like the views of residents, partners and businesses.  The deadline for responses to this consultation is 5pm, Friday 15 January 2021. 

All individual responses will be anonymised.  Response on behalf of an organisation may have their comments attributed to them in the final report. 

Before sbmitting your responses, please read through the budget consultation document.

Read the budget consultation

Read the budget consultation (accessible version)

Give us your views

Once you have read the consultation document, go to our consultation website to give your views.

Respond to the consultation