Cost of our services for 2017/18

The total council budget for 2017/18 is £756 million.

How much is the council spending in 2017/18?

Half of our budget is restricted by law to spending on 

  • schools
  • housing benefit
  • council housing
  • public health

This is called ring fenced funding. In 2017/18 £329 million comes from government grants ring fenced for schools and housing benefit. £52 million comes from housing rents and is ring fenced for council housing.


View our investment programme for 2017/18

Where do we get our money from?

Half of our £756 million budget comes from government grants and income. This is restricted to public health, schools, housing benefit and council housing.

Only 17% of our budget comes from Council Tax. For 2017/18 Full Council agreed an increase of 4.99% in the Brighton & Hove element of Council Tax. This includes an additional 3% precept to fund the increasing demands and cost of adult social care.

We expect that the amount we receive in Council Tax to increase by around £6.4 million. Even with an increase in Council Tax income, our overall budget is £4 million less than last year.

Other sources of income include fees, charges and rents, and Business Rates.

Many major developments and transport schemes are paid for from sources other than the budget and cannot be used for council services.


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All the information above is available to download in our 2017/18 budget summary (PDF 262KB) 

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