The Budget for Suffolk

The council has a statutory duty to set a budget each year which enables it to deliver its duties and obligations in a sustainable and responsible manner.

Budget for 2020/2021

The Council is currently in the process of setting its Budget for 2020-21, and is expecting to receive notification of its funding from Government in December 2019.   Building upon the Budget Consultation we carried out last year, we are keen to know any thoughts you may have on making the most effective use of our resources to enable us to improve life and work throughout our county.  If you wish to do this, we invite you to complete the 2020-21 Budget Survey.  

Alternatively, if you are a local business, you’re invited to complete the Invest in Suffolk Survey.  This aims to understand the issues faced by business within the county, and incorporates the questions within the 2020-21 Budget Survey.

Our Scrutiny Committee is convening on 7 January 2020 to consider the 2020-21 Budget proposals.  On 28 January 2020, Cabinet will consider Scrutiny Committee’s response to these proposals and agree a 2020-21 Budget which it will recommend is approved by a meeting of the full Council on 13 February 2020.

Budget for 2019/2020

On Thursday 14 February 2019, the council approved, for 2019/2020, a net revenue budget of £519 million and a capital programme of £188 million. 

This budget is designed to enable the council to continue to manage the unprecedented financial challenges that continue to face local government.

In particular, the budget recognises £39.4 million of cost pressures in 2019/2020. This includes £10.1 million to manage additional demand as the cost of providing adult care continues to rise, and £8.1 million to fund the cost of services for Children in Care and education placements for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

In addition, savings of £23 million have been identified for 2019/2020, of which £13 million are to be delivered through the council’s transformation programmes, with the remaining £10 million delivered through tactical savings across council services. These savings are very significant and will require continued firm management to ensure their successful delivery.

Further details of the contents of the 2019/2020 Budget and 2019/2023 Capital Programme, and the process for setting it, are available:  

  • 2019/2020 Budget and 2019/2023 Capital Programme: a comprehensive overview of the council’s finances for period from 2019/2020, to 2022/2023, including details of its spending plans, service pressures, savings programmes, income targets and investment in assets
  • 2019/2020 Business Plan (PDF, 1.5MB): an outline of the council’s aims and ambitions for the year ahead, and its reflections on the past year. This includes summaries of the key financial information that underpins the 2019/2020 Budget and 2019/2023 Capital Programme, linking these to the council’s wider priorities.

As part of its 2019/2020 Budget and 2019/2023 Capital Programme, the council agreed the Council Tax that it will levy on its residents in 2019/2020.