We are updating our budget plan for 2019-20 and 2020-21, which includes:
We are consulting on these proposals. The information on these pages will help you learn more.
On this page you can find out some of the key figures around savings that need to be made, and how we have got to where we are.
You can read Bradford Council Leader, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe's, overview of the budget proposals here.
Local government continues to face challenges amidst a backdrop of uncertainty. Austerity is not over and the Council continues to operate in a very difficult financial environment.
Since 2011, the Council has made £262 million of budget savings and cuts, and has invested £56 million into priority areas largely to help cover the impact of demographic growth (growing numbers in certain sections of the district’s population, such as people under 16 and older people).
Council tax has also been increased, without which the cuts would have been even higher.
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.
Key features of these budget proposals
The Council has already cut over £100 million from budgets since 2010 by improving efficiency, renegotiating contracts and cutting management and administration costs. This has helped to protect services; however, the scope for future savings is getting more limited, and is dwarfed by the scale of public spending cuts. 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.
The money can only be found by cutting spending or increasing the Council’s income or increasing Council tax.
In February 2019 the Council will meet to decide its budget and spending plans for 2019-20 and 2020-21. Councillors will face very difficult decisions.
At its meeting on 4 December 2018 the Council's Executive committee recommended its Proposed Financial Plan updated 2019-20 to 2020-21, including Council tax proposals, for consultation. You can read the Executive's Proposed Financial Plan updated 2019-20 to 2020-21
The budget proposals for 2019-20 and 2020-21 will be subject to widespread public consultation, including via this website.
Working together with individuals, families, communities and each other our public services, voluntary and community sector and businesses can achieve far more than any single organisation working alone so we must harness all the district's assets and resources in pursuit of our shared objectives.
Please tell us what you think about the Executive's proposals for spending and local taxes. Tell us what matters most to you, give us your ideas about what could change, how we could increase income and what part you and others could play in meeting the challenges our district faces.
Use the links below for more information about the context in which the proposals have been developed, the Council’s current budget, and how we are planning for the future.