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Engagement 2023

Closed consultations and engagements

Budget proposals 2023 - 2027

Date: 19 December 2022 - 15 January 2023


We are reviewing the feedback received and will publish more information in due course.

We asked

We sought views from residents, businesses, organisations and staff on what they think about our budget proposals, to help shape the final proposals.

Our budget

How much is the council’s budget?

Our budget for next year is £504m. Our income is mainly from Council Tax, as well as government grants for specific projects.

What period do your budget proposals cover?

We publish a four-year budget plan every year, known as the medium term financial strategy. It includes areas where investment is planned to meet increased demand – known as growth – and areas earmarked for savings.

How much is spent on different services?

The chart breaks down spend and income over the next four years. The financial outlook remains extremely tough with our budget gap set to rise to over £90m by 2026.

Our proposals

At a glance:

  • £57m more to support vulnerable people - to pay for more home and residential care, and support people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health needs. The number of home care users has increased by 600 since January 2020.
  • £59m of efficiency savings - reducing back office costs by maximising digital technology, simplifying processes and providing the right level of support to residents
  • Service cuts totalling £4m - including reviewing waste sites, streetlighting, Green Plaques and Shire Grants
  • A five per cent Council Tax rise for 2023/24 - this equates to £1.39 a week for a Band D home and generates £17.7m for front line services
  • £508m four-year capital pot - for the cost of building roads, schools and other one-off projects

Additional information

What happens next?

Following the consultation, our cabinet will agree final proposals before the budget is agreed at a meeting of the county council on 22 February 2023.

Consultations setting out more details about any specific service reductions would run before any changes are made.