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The process for setting the Council’s budget for the 2020/21 financial year commences during the Autumn. The timetable for the budget setting process for Alsager Town Council is as follows:-

• Wednesday 23rd October 2019 Alsager Institute Committee will review its draft budget and make recommendations to Finance, Policy & Governance Committee.

• Monday 28th October 2019 Alsager Civic & Services Committee will review its draft budget and make recommendations to the Finance, Policy & Governance Committee.

• Tuesday 10th November 2019 Planning, Environment & Community Services Committee will review its draft budget and make recommendations to the Finance Policy & Governance Committee.

• The Finance Policy & Governance Committee will meet on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 to consider the 1st view of the various budgets and the consolidated total budget and to make changes as required or to recommend the overall budget for 2020/21 to the Town Council.

The draft budget being proposed to the Finance, Policy and Governance Committee will be available on the Council’s website as a public document and available for inspection at the Council offices. Members of the public are encouraged to review the document and attend the Finance, Policy & Governance Committee or at any of the three prior meetings to speak in public participation on matters of interest within the budget.

Following this meeting, the draft budget will be updated to incorporate any changes recommended by the Finance, Policy & Governance Committee, and a revised version will be available on the Council’s website as a public document and available for inspection at the Council offices.

The Finance, Policy and Governance Committee may take the opportunity to meet for a second time on Tuesday 7th January 2020 to consider the various budgets and the consolidated total budget, and to recommend the overall budget for 2020/21 to the Town Council.

On the 14th January 2020 the Town Council will agree the 2020/21 budget and set the level of Precept for 2020/21.