Budget Consultation 2019/20

Closed 17 Dec 2018

Opened 5 Nov 2018

Feedback updated 27 Mar 2019

We asked

The consultation on the Council’s 2019/20 budget was open for six weeks from 5 November 2018 until 17 December 2018. Individual responses were received via the survey and face-to-face interviews, and additional responses were received from organisations and individuals via email.

More information about what we consulted on is available in the consultation survey.

You said

We received 4,644 responses to the Budget consultation 2019/20, the results of which are available in the Budget 2019/20 consultation report.

4,521 (97%) of the 4,644 respondents stated the level Council Tax increase they would support in 2019/20, from the five options provided:

  • The option which received most support (40% of respondents) was a 4% increase in Council Tax. 
  • The option with the second highest level of support (25%) was ‘no increase to Council Tax’.
  • 17% would prefer a Council Tax increase of 3%. 
  • 10% of respondents would support a 2% increase
  • 8% would prefer a 1% increase.

We did

The consultation feedback was taken into consideration in developing final recommendations for the council’s budget which were put to Full Council on 26 February 2019. Full Council agreed the council’s budget for 2018/19.

Council Tax will rise by 3.99%, which includes 1% to support Adult Social Care.

The approved General Fund net revenue budget for the year 2019/20 totals £376.3m.

The approved capital budget for the years 2019/20 - 2023/24, totals £856.8 m.

The approved Schools budget totals £356.9m for 2019/20, which will be funded by the Dedicated Schools Grant.

Further details are available on the Full Council meeting page.


Every February, the council sets a budget for the next year which sets out how much money we will be able to spend on each of the services the council provides.

Since 2010, the amount of money the council receives from government has reduced. At the same time, our costs have risen, because of inflation and because more people need to use our services.

Since 2010 the council has identified over £276m of savings. These include £41.9m of future savings agreed in February 2018 which will be made over the course of four years from 2019/20 to 2022/23. As part of our budget planning in February 2018, we forecast that we would also need to increase Council Tax each year.

We are consulting on a number of options for next year's budget (2019/20) ranging from no rise in Council Tax through to a 4% increase. Every 1% increase in Council Tax would raise approximately £2m to support the delivery of services and would add approximately £0.31/week to the Council Tax bill for band D properties.

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