Council budget

An introduction to the council's budget and expenditure.

Cost of our services for 2023 to 2024

The council has a gross revenue expenditure budget of £891.1 million in 2023 to 2024.

Council spending in 2023 to 2024

Around half of our budget is restricted by law to spend on:

  • schools
  • housing benefit
  • council housing
  • public health

This is called ring fenced funding.

In 2023 to 2024 £351.1 million is funded by government grants ring fenced for schools, housing benefit and public health.

£62.4 million comes from housing rents, including housing benefit rent rebates, and is ring fenced for council housing.

Services provided


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Where we get our money from

£413.5 million of our budget comes from ring fenced funding for public health, schools, housing benefit and council housing.

Only 19.1% of our budget is funded from Council Tax. For 2023 to 2024 full council agreed an increase of 4.99% in the Brighton & Hove City Council element of Council Tax, which included a 2% increase in the Adult Social Care Precept.

Council Tax will raise £170.3 million in 2023 to 2024, an additional £7.1 million from last year.

Our overall gross spending will be £46.7 million more than last year.

Other sources of income include:

  • £152.0 million from fees, charges and rents
  • £80.3 million from Business Rates
  • £64.9 million from other government grants
  • £3.9 million from reserves

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View our budget and Council Tax summary booklet.