Budget

Our spending plans for 2019-2020 were approved on Wednesday 20 February 2019.

Further information

The revenue budget includes our spending on day to day services, such as provision of care to older people, and keeping our libraries and leisure centres open.

Our plans for 2019-2020 can be downloaded at the bottom of the page, which were approved on 20 February 2019.

Our government grant has fallen, on a like for like basis, from £289 million in 2010-2011 to £171 million in 2019-2020.

Our budget has fallen from £358 million to an equivalent of £294 million in 2019-2020. These figures, however, mask the fact that additional funding has been required to manage pressures in statutory social care. The amounts available for all other services have consequently fallen by nearly 60 per cent over the same period (after allowing for inflation).

By careful management, we have built up reserves which mean we are avoiding crisis cuts to services. These reserves have bought us time, which we are using to carry out detailed reviews of all key areas of service. This money will soon be used up. Wherever possible, I am determined to protect frontline services, but given the scale of reductions we face, frontline cuts are unfortunately inevitable.

The capital programme includes funding for major investments. A two year capital programme was approved in November 2017. This amounted to £120 million for the following two years, including major investment in our schools and transport network. The approved capital programme can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

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