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2020/21 Budget Consultation

Thank you to those of you who've already had your say. The online consultation is now closed. The deadline for paper forms is Sunday 12 January 2020.

You can also have your say at one of our budget meetings which will be held at West Offices:

  • Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods: 13 January 2020 at 2.00pm
  • Economy and Strategic Planning, Environment and Climate Change, Transport: 13 January 2020 at 5.30pm
  • Children and Young People, Culture, Leisure and Communities: 14 January 2020 at 4.00pm
  • Health and Adult Social Care: 15 January 2020 at midday
  • Leader, Finance and Performance: 15 January 2020 at 5.30pm

See details of how to arrange to attend a council meeting.

Following these meetings the budget will be considered at Executive on Thursday 13 February and Full Council on Thursday 27 February.

At a Budget meeting, on Thursday 28 February 2019, councillors agreed to raise council tax for 2019/20 by 3.25% (1.75% basic, plus a 1.5% increase for the social care precept); see current council tax charges.

The agreed budget has been informed by citywide consultation, and reflects our key priorities, which include supporting the most vulnerable people in the city and helping grow the economy.

All budget reports can be found with the minutes of the Executive Meeting held on Thursday 14 February 2019, including:

  • Financial Strategy 2019/20 to 2023/24
  • Capital Strategy 2019/20 to 2023/24
  • Treasury Management Strategy and Prudential Indicators for 2019/20 to 2023/24

We've faced some tough decisions with the 2019/20 budget, to ensure that we continue to deliver on our priorities, whilst also ensuring our financial position is managed effectively.

Even though we spend one of the lowest amounts per head of population amongst UK local authorities, we still provide the same services as other, higher-spending councils.

We're making decisions about:

  • which services should be protected
  • which services we can deliver differently
  • which services we might need to cut
  • whether charges for some services should be increased

Also see


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