Council finance

Brighton & Hove City Council is a Unitary Authority that provides a full range of services, such as social services, education and recycling and rubbish collections, all of which would otherwise be provided at a county or district/borough level.

The city has a population of over 250,000 and a current budget of more than £200 million.

Our annual statement of accounts details how we have spent our budget in the previous financial year. The council is responsible for ensuring that its business is conducted in accordance with rules and regulations, and that public money is safeguarded and accounted for properly. Finances are managed by close monitoring of spending in each of the service areas (for example highways) to ensure they do not exceed their allocated budget.

The council collects income for a variety of its services. If you owe money, there is a corporate debt collection and recovery policy (PDF 551kb) that outlines how we deal with it.

Brighton & Hove City Council was one of the first local authorities to open up its spending for review. See our finance open data web page for details