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Leicester City Council financial information for 2022-2023.

The revenue budget includes our spending on day-to-day services, such as provision of care to older people, maintaining our parks and collecting waste. Setting our revenue budget is becoming increasingly difficult:

  • Between 2010 and 2020 we had to make big cuts to our services because of the Government’s austerity programme. Our government grant in 2020 was over £100 million per year less than it was in 2010.
  • Despite austerity, we had to increase budgets to provide more social care for elderly people and adults with complex disabilities.
  • The Government is making changes to adult social care, and plans to increase national insurance to meet the cost of these changes. However, the extra money will not be available to us to provide care for the growing numbers of people who need it.
  • The Government has not told us how much money we will get after 2022, but we expect it to be far short of what the city needs.

As in 2021/22, our budget planning has been disrupted by the pandemic. The budget provides for the same levels of service as the previous budget, with an additional £16m for adult social care. Only £5m of this is being provided by the Government. We expect the costs of social care to increase substantially after 2022, with insufficient Government funding to support this. This means we have to plan for substantial cuts in our other services.

The Council’s gross expenditure, and how this leads to the amount of Council Tax we require, is explained in the table below. Most of our gross expenditure is funded from other sources, and the net service expenditure is a better indication of how our spending has changed over time. Expenditure has increased since last year’s budget, because of additional spending on social care.

Budget and council tax 2021-22

(£) 000's
2022-23

(£) 000's
Gross expenditure 880,227 908,871
Less income, incl government grants (576,791) (578,807)
Service expenditure, excluding reserves and contingencies 303,436 330,064
Contingency/ other funds 2,000 2,000
Contribution to/(from) corporate reserves (14,031) (24,214)
Net expenditure 291,405 307,850
Funded from:  
Retained business rates and government grants (168,219) (177,489)
Collection fund (surplus)/deficit 3,604

4,063

Council tax requirement 126,790

134,424

Council tax at Band D (Leicester City Council)

  • Change: +3%
  • 2021-2022: £1,694.92
  • 2022-2023: £1,745.74

Council tax at Band D (Police and Crime Commissioner)

  • Change: +4%
  • 2021-2022: £248.23
  • 2022-2023: £258.23

Council tax at Band D (Fire Authority)

  • Change: +7.2%
  • 2021-2022: £69.29
  • 2022-2023: £74.29

Total council tax at Band D

  • Change: 3.3%
  • 2021-2022: £2,012.44
  • 2022-2023: £2,078.26

For further information about the council tax breakdown, please see:

Police & Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire:

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service:

Environment Agency: Trent Regional Flood & Coastal Committee

The Environment Agency, which levies the City Council for flood defence purposes, has supplied the following information:

The Environment Agency is a levying body for its Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Functions under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the Environment Agency (Levies) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 2369 kilometres of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Money is spent on the construction of new flood defence schemes, the maintenance of the river system and existing flood defences together with the operation of a flood warning system and management of the risk of coastal erosion. The financial details are:

  2021-22

(£) 000's
2022-23

(£) 000's
Gross expenditure 60,839 72,872
Levies raised 2,180 2,224
Total council tax base 1,842 1,874

The majority of funding for flood defence comes directly from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). However, under the new Partnership Funding rule not all schemes will attract full central funding. To provide local funding for local priorities and contributions for partnership funding the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees recommend through the Environment Agency a local levy.

A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to which you contribute. The total Local Levy raised by this committee has increased by 2.0%.

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £2,180,037 in 2021/2022 to £2,223,637 for 2022/2023.

The city council’s contribution to the levy is £91,344.

Statement concerning adult social care funding

We are required by regulations to include the following statement:

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.