Setting the council tax and budget

How the council consults the public before setting its budget.

The council voted on its budget for 2019/20 on 12 February 2019 at a meeting with all 63 county councillors. View the county council meeting papers for when the budget was set.

How we consult before setting our budget

Consultation is part of our budget setting process. We take into account the views expressed by residents, service users and their families/carers and stakeholders throughout the year as well as specific feedback provided in our budget consultation exercise. The budget highlights for 19/20 include:

  • Children’s social care budgets will have doubled by 2023.
  • £1bn boost over the next decade for the county’s highways, school buildings and other infrastructure.
  • Youth groups will be invited to bid in to a £1m fund over two years
  • The council tax increase for 19/20 is 2.99 per cent 

In his statement, Ian Hudspeth, leader of the council, said “We have taken difficult decisions in the past as we have to produce a balanced budget every year. Taking those tough decisions has meant we are in a more solid financial position.

However, budgets are still tight, and the council will need to continue to change so we can improve services and free up resources needed to meet the rising demand for services – particularly for vulnerable children and adults.”