Proposals for Budget Council 2020/21

Top facts

  • A budget to deliver much needed housing, tackle climate change and support the local economy, while protecting key services
  • Councillors will soon meet to decide funding for more than 700 council services and the council tax rate for the year ahead
  • The annual council budget covers everything we do as a council and sets out how services are funded for residents in the year ahead
  • Budget proposals include an increase of council tax of 3.99%, this is a council tax increase of 1.99% plus an adult social care precept (funding only to be used for adult social care) of 2%
  • Council Tax currently provides less than £1 in every £5 of what we spend on running services in our city
  • Councillors will debate and vote on the budget proposals on Thursday 27 February 2020

Budget decision time

The council’s biggest annual financial decision will be made next week. 

Councillors will meet at Hove Town Hall to decide the council budget for the financial year starting on 1 April.

The council provides more than 700 services residents of the city see or use every day, paid for by the annual council budget. It takes just over £2million to run our services every day for the city’s population of almost 300,000 people and the costs are rising. 

The focus for the Budget Council is on the year ahead, rather than later years of the four year medium term financial strategy. The longer term planning will follow after a government spending review which we expect to cover 2021 to 2024.

The budget proposals have been developed to support Council’s Corporate Plan 2020 to 2023. The plan brings together the agreed commitments and priorities for the council. This year’s budget sets out how the promises in the plan will be funded for 2020/21.

Councillor Dan Yates, lead councillor for finance, said: “Our top priorities are improving housing and reducing homelessness; tackling climate change and making our city carbon neutral by 2030; and growing the local economy through community wealth building.

"Here in Brighton & Hove we are a city that cares. We’ve put residents first and built our budget around a deliverable council plan for Brighton & Hove.

“We’re still facing huge challenges from the years of cuts to funding from government. We continue to protect local services and look after those who need help in our city.”

Budget proposals for 2020/21

The 2020/21 budget includes almost £13m of new investments to support priority services in the corporate plan. Key services are proposed to receive:

  • Adult Social Care including Learning Disability Services: A total of £104.4million 
  • Children’s Social Care: A total of £62million 
  • Homelessness and rough sleeping services: For the year ahead £31.2million is proposed for these services. This includes £50,000 for weekend winter shelter provision for rough sleepers and £300,000 for enhanced support and facilities for around 100 short term and emergency temporary accommodation properties.
  • £700,000 has been allocated to develop plans to be Carbon Neutral by 2030, this is a combination revenue and capital spending
  • Protecting the city’s culture: £2.4m to start renovation at Madeira Terrace arches

Funding our services

•    Behind the budget – questions we’re often asked
•    Find out how the budget is currently spent on different services

Council tax

Budget proposals include a proposed increase of council tax of 3.99%. This is a council tax increase of 1.99% plus an adult social care precept (funding only to be used for adult social care) of 2%. 

This would mean the average Band D Council Tax contribution to the council would rise by £63.66 to £1,659.11 in 2020/21.

The full amount for the average Band D Council tax for 2020/21 will be £1,954.55 (a rise of £75.52 from the year before). This includes £199.91 for the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner and £95.53 for the East Sussex Fire Authority.

Find out more

The full budget proposals can be read on our website

The budget will be debated by all councillors on Thursday 27 February at Hove Town Hall. At the meeting, opposition councillors present and debate any amendments to the proposals they choose to submit.

Find out more information about our budget, including a timeline for the budget setting process, at