Budget consultation 2019-20

In March 2019 we will set a budget and the Council Tax for the financial year from April 2019 to March 2020 and we have asked residents and businesses to help us decide spending priorities.

Our budget consultation ran from Monday 3 December 2018 to Friday 11 January 2019. There were also some more detailed consultations with service users on specific proposals as part of helping inform decision to be taken. The results of the consultations will be considered before our final decisions are made in March 2019.

Revenue Budget

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.

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

The Budget Implementation Plans detail our spending for the year.

For information on the Budget, how it works and the Council Tax levels in 2018/19 please refer to our leaflet.

Capital Programme

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

In 2018-19 the Capital Investment Programme is almost £257 million. In 2018-19 the main elements of the programme will be Economic Growth and Housing Investment.

Over the 5 year life of the Capital Programme, most of our capital projects are paid for by borrowing or contributions from our revenue budget to the capital budget.

The remainder of our capital projects are funded by grants, the sale of surplus assets and other contributions.

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.

The Capital Programme and supporting documentation can be found below, please note these versions are yet to be approved by Cabinet and full Council and are therefore subject to change.

The Capital Programme and Budget Books detail our capital spending for the year.

Complaints and comments about our budgets and 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 and libraries

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 on 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.

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

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.

Finance Team