Budget pressures – find out more

The financial pressures impacting local government mean that we’re in new territory. And this means that we can’t balance the books without impacting front line services. Find out more below.


Budget consultation – have your say

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What issues are driving budget pressures?

Global events, rising inflation, surging demand for services and the continued impact of Covid, mean costs are increasing at an unprecedented rate. 

Service demand is unrelenting and expected to go up by £18m every year, excluding the impact of inflation. Capital costs – for building roads, schools and other one-off projects – could grow by £45m if infrastructure price rises don’t reverse. 

How do these affect the council's budget?

The extra costs are set out in the graphics below.

Up to £30m increase caused by inflation
Service demand pushes up costs by £18m
Capital costs could grow by £45m
50p on the National Living Wage adds £10m

What is the expected impact?

Latest figures show that our budget gap is set to grow from £8m to £28m next year – and could even top £140m by 2026.

What action are you taking?

We’ve published an update on our budget situation, which council leader, Nick Rushton, has called ‘frightening’. Although there are no proposals at this stage, services including gritting, parks, bus subsidies, projects reducing smoking and boosting health, Beaumanor Hall and planned big road schemes could be considered for possible changes or reduction. Find out more about our service costs:


We’re continuing to press our MPs and the new Government for a better deal for our tax payers and to reform special educational needs and disability support.

How is it spent?

The chart shows the breakdown of spend.

How does Leicestershire compare to other councils?

We are the lowest funded county council under the Government’s funding system so will always be sensitive to financial shocks. The challenge currently being faced will put even the best funded local authorities under pressure.

What can I do?

Read this webpage, tell your friends and family – and sign up to take part in our budget consultation this winter. It’s at this stage we’ll want your views on firm proposals.

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