Council sets the budget for the next financial year - 2014/15
The Brighton & Hove City Council budget for 2014/15 has been set.
The budget tackles inequality and addresses a challenging reduction in funding from Government. The budget also provides support and protects services for residents, visitors and businesses. Whilst also continuing to invest in preventive work in social care and public health as well as the council’s ICT infrastructure where if investment is not made now the long terms costs would be far greater.
An increase of 1.99 % in the Brighton & Hove element of the Council Tax was agreed.
Visit our costs of council services page to see how much our services cost and where the money for these comes from.
Through the council’s capital investment programme £80 million will be invested in council services including; £11.3 million will be spent on primary schools, £34 million in housing and £7.8 million in new transport and street lighting schemes
The revenue budget reflects savings of over £16.7 million in the year ahead, needed as a result of government reductions in funding to the council, and increased demand for some services. The agreed budget includes over £10.8 million in savings from our Value for Money programme.
It is predicted that £20 to £25 million savings will need to be found every year for the next five years. This is in addition to £60 million we've already saved over the past three years.
The budget was voted through with a joint amendment from the Green, Conservative and the Labour & Co-operative groups
The use of the £306,000 unallocated one-off reserves to provide:
- £120,000 transition funding for Able & Willing allowing the service until September 2015 for further business to be generated;
- £165,000 to the overall discretionary grants budget for one year whilst alternative funding options are developed;
- £15,000 for Pride in addition to the £10,000 to be carried forward from the 2013/14 allocation to support the Parade and Village party; and
- £6,000 one-off transitional funding for Employment Support within Adult Social Care to shift to new models of working.
It is proposed to use the unallocated £23,000 resources in contingency:
- To reverse the £9,000 saving in Children’s Services thereby removing the 2% reduction in Community & Voluntary Sector contracts for short breaks for disabled children;
- To reverse the £7,000 saving in Children’s Services thereby removing the 2% reduction in Community & Voluntary Sector contracts for Link Plus; and to use the remaining £7,000 to reverse part of the £68,000 efficiency savings in the short break residential budget.
Watch our video about the council budget
Our video has information about the council budget, where it comes from, what it's spent on and how it's changing. You can also download a transcript of our video (PDF 19kb)
Use our budget tool to find out more about council spending and funding and feedback your thoughts. The budget tool illustrates the current cost of our services and gives you a chance to have your say about your priorities.
We also sent 3,300 residents a questionnaire asking for their thoughts on council spending and how we fund our services. The questionnaire was also available on our consultation portal.
There has also been engagement with other groups, for example we’ve met to consult our business community. The council will also consult with Trades Unions and staff and ensure there is cross party involvement in reviewing finance and performance information.
Find out more
Leader's live chat - Open Door webcast on 3 December
The leader of the council, Councillor Jason Kitcat, took part in a webcast on Tuesday 3 December to answer your questions about the budget. You can access the webcast and find out more on our Open Door web page.
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