Bradford Council spending has reduced by over £172 million since 2011-12 because of Government cuts, increased demand and rising costs. Council tax has also been increased, without which the cuts would have been even higher – around £180 million.
The Government has said that it will make more cuts to council funding and stop paying councils general grants for local services by 2020. In future the money will have to be found locally through Council tax, business rates and charges.
In February 2015 Bradford Council has took decisions that will see further cuts and savings of £27.4 million being made in 2016-17. On top of that we now need to find another £61.5 million in cuts, savings and additional income in the next two years. Unless the Government provides the money to pay the National Living Wage to care workers the Council’s bill for social care could add another £13 million to costs by 2017-18, rising to £35 million by 2020.
The money can only be found by cutting spending or increasing income by charging for services or increasing Council tax.
The Council has already made £112 million of savings through improving efficiency and productivity and reducing administrative and management costs and this has helped to protect services. We will continue to work to drive down costs but it is not possible to make further efficiency savings on the scale needed to balance the Council’s books.
At its meeting on 1 December 2015 the Council’s Executive committee recommended its initial 2016-17 budget and Council tax proposals and indicative proposals for 2017-18 for consultation. You can read the Executive’s initial Budget and Council Tax Proposals 2016-17 and 2017-18 on this page.
Savings agreed by Budget Council at its February 2015 meeting have already been subject to consultation. The new budget proposals for 2016-17 and 2017-18 were subject to public consultation, including via this website. This consultation has now closed.
At its meeting on 23 February 2016 the Executive considered the consultation feedback received on its initial proposals, the equality impact assessments carried out on them and changes in the Council’s financial situation due to Government announcements, emerging financial pressures and local decisions.
Following this consideration the Executive changed a number of the proposals and recommended its amended budget and Council tax proposals to Full Council. You can read the Executive’s Amended Budget Recommendation to Full Council.
On 25 February 2016 the Executive’s amended budget and Council tax proposals were approved by Full Council.
The pages in this section provide information about the context in which the budget and Council tax proposals were developed, and the Council’s current budget and spending.