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Jim Dixon Chief Executive

Peak District National Park Budgets 2011/12 and Beyond Bakewell Area Forum Wednesday 9 February 2011. Jim Dixon Chief Executive. Starting Points. The National Park Authority is not funded by Council Tax or councils The Defra Grant in 2010 was £8.1M

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Jim Dixon Chief Executive

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  1. Peak District National ParkBudgets 2011/12 and BeyondBakewell Area Forum Wednesday 9 February 2011 Jim Dixon Chief Executive

  2. Starting Points • The National Park Authority is not funded by Council Tax or councils • The Defra Grant in 2010 was £8.1M • Sustainable Development Fund has been ring-fenced at £200 000 • Other externally-funded projects in 10/11: • Moors for the Future: £2M • Pedal Peak District: £2.25M • Live & Work Rural: £0.5M

  3. What we spend our money on • Conservation • Wildlife and working with farmers • Heritage • Landscape • Climate Change • Visitors and education • Footpaths, access and trails • Visitor services and centres • Learning and Discovery team • Communication • The economy • Live and Work Rural • Communities • Sustainable Development Fund • Community Planning and affordable housing • Planning Service • Planning Service, policy, transport and minerals

  4. Defra’s Budget Decisions 2011-15 • Average Government Departments -19% • Defra budgets -30% • Defra agencies 28-29% • National Park Authorities • 5% in year cut 2010/11 (part of the £6.25Bn) • -28.5% cut over 4 years • -21.5% actual before inflation = 5.4% pa • SDF ‘retained’ but subject to 5.4% pa cut

  5. For the Peak District Authority • Budget declines from £8.2M 10/11 to 6.4M 14/15 • Structural Deficit of £1.8M over 4 years • Savings required • £400K 2010/11 • £450K 2011/12 • £304K 2012/13 • £530K 2013/14 • £568K 2014/15

  6. Decisions made by the Authority June 2010 reflecting the in year 5% cut • Putting less money into reserves for future maintenance of car parks, visitor centres and other facilities • Deferring some planned projects that are not priorities for investment • Reducing staffing in lower priority work areas, including some voluntarily agreed redundancies, • Revising the budget to reflect a lower than expected pay rise & pay freeze • Continuing efficiency savings, such as reducing travel allowances and business travel • Reducing energy use, cutting both costs and carbon footprint.

  7. Decisions made by the Authority for the year 2011/12 based on 5.4% cut • Protecting front-line planning, farming, conservation & sustainability work • Cutting the payments to voluntary rangers and reducing 1 ranger • Reducing tree and woodland work • Closing Losehill Hall and transfer to YHA • Accelerate the disposal of properties • Changing the way we fund design work • Cutting further administration & management

  8. Future issues for the budget to address 2012-15 • Accelerate property disposals • Reduce the costs of visitor centres • Staffing cuts across all areas • Reviewing all of our grants • Reducing management costs by 18% • Bearing down hard on all our costs

  9. What we will do • Improve the quality of service in Planning • Support our members to be active in their communities • Manage our remaining properties better • Protect services to farmers & communities • Protect conservation: wildlife, landscape & heritage • Champion sustainable access across the national park • Launch an improved education service • Work more in partnership with others • Work hard to draw in more external funds • Lead on climate change & sustainability • Be flexible and resource areas members prioritise

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