Revenue spending covers the day-to-day running costs of our services, such as schools, adult and children's social care services, planning and leisure.

Most of our money goes on our staff or contractors who provide these services for the community and the running costs of buildings, offices, vehicles and other facilities. In 2017-18 our revenue budget is £1.343 million.

We don’t pay for the Police and Fire Service out of the day-to-day budget. Your Council Tax includes a separate amount for these services. It goes directly to these services.

Around 59% of the £1,343 million budget goes on 4 key services:

  • education
  • adult social care
  • children's social care
  • housing

You can download and view our Council Tax and Budget leaflets to find out further information.

Capital spending

Capital spending pays for buildings, roads and housing and for major repairs to them. It does not pay for day-to-day services.

In 2017-18 the capital investment programme is £233 million. In 2017-18 the main element of the programme will be Housing.

To find out more please visit the Sheffield Open Data site.

Complaints & comments about our budgets & spending

We welcome and encourage all feedback as it gives us the information needed to review how we provide our services.

If you want to contact us and give us your feedback, please email us.

Complaints received by the service, whether written or verbal, are acknowledged and recorded. Where action can be taken to address a complaint, this always happens.

We receive relatively few complaints/negative comments but always welcome customer feedback.

Comments and compliments are also recorded and acted upon. If a comment can help us to improve the services that we provide, we will ensure that we do everything possible to ensure this happens.

What we’re doing to tackle the budget pressures for social care & libraries

In the last 4 years, we’ve reduced spending by £238 million – but we have to cut another £60 million by April 2015.

We’ve been saving millions by reducing what we spend on technology and office space and reducing staff numbers in corporate services. We’ve cut back the finance department budget and saved millions in senior salaries. 

We’re encouraging home-building and business development to help generate Council Tax and business rates. We’re working closely with the NHS, Police and Fire Service and others to join-up public services.

However, the size of the cuts means we have to do more to balance the budget. This means looking at a range of ways to reduce spending and increase income.

This affects Care and Support, Commissioning, Housing & Neighbourhood Services, Libraries & Community Services and Business Strategy (Planning, Performance, Quality and Safeguarding).

Although we know we need to make cuts, we will always do everything to protect those with the greatest need. We want to let you know about the different approaches we’re taking to tackle the budget challenge, and how you can get involved.

Payments to suppliers

We publish details of our external spending to individual payments to suppliers and organisations with a value over £250. 

The data is provided for free reuse, including commercial reuse. The right for further use is covered by the Open Government Licence and as recommended by HM Government Data.

Please note that we categorise our spend using the Proclass system. This means that each supplier has a defined category which they are assigned but this does not necessarily mean this is what we are buying.

We have been very careful to not expose personal information eg individual payments for adoption, fostering and childcare, payments to individuals for care packages, next of kin payments, care related payments, refunds and compensation payments.

This type of data is not normally public and has been removed from the data in compliance with Data Protection law.

Our Freedom of Information guidance to learn about how we handle requests for Information and personal data.

Where the money comes from


Just below half of the money (49%) comes from central government, 10% comes from locally retained business rates including Top Up Grant. Income from Council Tax only covers 14% of the spending. A further 27% comes from charges for services, such as council house rents and entrance fees.

The money needed for looking after council housing comes from rents from tenants and other income from tenants services. We are not allowed to spend money raised from Council Tax on council housing.


Over the 5 year life of the capital programme, most of our capital projects are paid for by borrowing (50%) or contributions from our revenue budget to the capital budget (29%).

The remainder of our capital projects is funded by grants (13%), the sale of surplus assets (6%) and other contributions (2%).

We repay the cost of borrowing from our day-to-day revenue spending, often from the savings generated by the projects which allow us to deliver services more efficiently.

We repay the cost of borrowing from our day-to-day revenue spending, often from the savings generated by the projects which allow us to deliver services more efficiently.

Pay Policy Statement

We are required under Sections 38-43 of the Localism Act 2011 to publish its pay policy; we have routinely, on an annual basis, published data on all posts which have a starting salary above £50,000.

This policy statement does not cover or include school staff and is not required to do so.

Summary Accounts

Finance Team