Growing numbers of people and households, more people needing care, more children needing school places, high levels of deprivation, the need to grow the economy, increasing amounts of household waste and keeping the District clean all add financial pressure to already shrinking budgets.
The District’s population is growing
Between now and 2020 it is forecast that:
More people needing care and support
Because there are more of us and we’re living longer the numbers of people needing care and support are growing.
By 2021 the numbers of people likely to need care will have continued to increase.
Even relatively small numbers of people with complex needs can lead to very high costs. For example, the Council currently supports 107 people with complex and high cost needs at a total weekly cost of over £164,000, over £8.5m a year.
More children and young people
The numbers of children and young people living in the District are growing too, by over 1,400 every year between 2006 and 2014.
We need to make sure that all of our growing population of children have a place in school. Over the next four years we expect there to be around 1,300 more pupils in Primary School in the District than there are today.
More specialist school places are needed for children and young people with a range of Special Educational Needs (SEN). By 2018 we’ll need another 141 SEN places compared to 2014. In particular, the last 10 years shows a significant increase in the number of children and young people with communication and interaction needs and severe learning difficulties.
The District has seen increasing demand for children’s social care with the numbers of children needing protection plans and enquiries into children considered to be at risk of significant harm both going up.
The Council’s current net budget for specialist services to children is £57.4 million and £31.2 million of this is spent on the 900 children who are looked after by the local authority. The total number of children receiving support either as looked after children or in permanent arrangements such as adoption has gone up by up by 183 since 2012.
Deprivation, jobs and skills
The Bradford District is the 18th most deprived in England and Wales with about a third of the population living in areas that are among the most deprived 10% in the country.
The best way out of deprivation is for people to be working in good jobs and as the population grows we need to work together with education providers, partners and business to keep the economy growing and make sure that local people have the skills and knowledge that employers need. This work will be important because by 2021 the District will need around 26,000 new jobs to match national employment rates.
Collecting waste and cleaning up
The Council spends a lot of money collecting waste and cleaning up after people.
The amount of household waste is increasing. It went up by 5,000 tonnes in 2014-15 and we are predicting that this year we’ll collect nearly another 1,000 tonnes on top.
On average every household in the District currently produces over 450 kilos of general waste a year and every tonne that’s not recycled costs local taxpayers £83 to get rid of either by putting it into landfill or burning it. It’s bad for the environment too with every tonne creating between 200 to 400 cubic metres of greenhouse gas.
The Council spends around £4.2 million a year cleaning up after people, picking up litter, clearing fly tips, removing graffiti and dealing with dog fouling. Nearly £700,000 of that is spent on dealing with fly tipping with 9,069 incidents last year