Aligning resources to outcomes


Since the Executive meeting on 5 December 2017, at which budget proposals for 2018-19 and 2019-20 were approved for consultation, the Government has announced that councils have been given the power to increase their core Council tax requirement next year by an additional 1%, on top of the existing 1.99%, without a local referendum. This is in addition to the existing extra 3% Council tax increase councils are allowed to charge next year to assist with paying for social care. This change would result in a total 5.99% rise in Council tax in Bradford District from April this year.


In 2013-14 the Government grant to the Council was £183 million. Government have indicated that the core grant to Bradford will be zero by 2020. The Government's funding announcement for local government in December 2017 included no additional funding for adult and children’s social care. The Executive is therefore inclined to factor this extra increase into the final budget proposals which will be recommended to Full Council on 22 February 2018. A proposal to add the extra 1% core Council tax precept is now part of the budget consultation which closes on 28 January.

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The Council’s revenue budget pays for day to day spending on services.

Setting the budget isn’t just about spending cuts. It’s also about how we allocate the reduced resources at our disposal and work together with others in order to achieve positive and lasting outcomes for the district.

During 2016, the Council developed a financial plan which looked ahead four years, to show how the budget deficit (difference between expected spending and the money available) would be met.

As with most plans the four year plan needs to be revisited due to changes in actual circumstances, revised assumptions and other external factors that were not anticipated. The main amendments relate to funding changes, service pressures on social care and rising costs.

We continue to use ‘outcome based budgeting’ to plan our spending, which:

  • means long term planning methods have been used to think ahead to 2020 and what we need to achieve for the district
  • proposes that money has been allocated according to each of the Council Plan priority outcomes (rather than by Council department) to make sure the money is spent only on our priorities
  • means choosing which services and activities will be the most effective at achieving these priorities, to get the best results for the district.

As a result the initial budget proposals are aligned to priority outcomes and activities identified in the Bradford District Plan and the Council Plan. The resources, assets and activities of our partners and communities have been taken into account.

Our Council Plan priority outcomes are:

  • Better health, better lives
  • Better skills, more good jobs and a growing economy
  • Decent homes people can afford to live in
  • A great start and good schools for all our children
  • Safe, clean and active communities
  • A well-run council, using all our resources to deliver our priorities

The priority outcomes are the areas where investment, improvements and progress will make the biggest difference to the district’s future wellbeing and prosperity. The priorities are shared by our partners in the district.

We are updating our four-year budget plan, agreed in February 2017, to reflect changes that have emerged during the year which affect the budget for 2018-19 and to provide more detailed planning for 2019-20. We also include predicted spending levels for 2020-21 to help inform our financial planning.

The Financial Plan also sets out how proposals for each outcome will affect specific Council services and Departments.

To align the budget proposals to outcomes Council services have been categorised into the outcomes as follows:

  • Better health, better lives: sports facilities; adult social care; children’s specialist services; benefits payments; public health.
  • A great start and good schools for all our children: educational achievement services; early childhood services.
  • Better skills, more good jobs and a growing economy: skills for work; planning; highways; transport; economic development; culture.
  • Decent homes that people can afford to live in: housing development; housing strategy and operations.
  • Safe, clean and active communities: waste collection and disposal; neighbourhood services; parks and woodlands; youth service; customer services.
  • A well-run Council: democratic functions; finance; human resources; information and communication technology; property costs; legal services; commercial and procurement; tax collection; debt management.
  • Non service, fixed and other costs not allocated to individual outcomes: capital financing; specific grant funding not attributable to a service; other costs not attributable to a specific outcome.

Detailed information about the direction we are taking for each outcome, and proposals linked to these are all in the Proposed Financial Plan updated 2018/19 to 2020/21 (PDF, 494Kb).

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