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Budget consultation

We have accepted the government's four-year financial settlement. The settlement is very challenging given that it represents the phased removal of the government's revenue support grant by 2020.

However, it also offers a degree of certainty and the opportunity for contingency planning during a period of extreme uncertainty. Given the national and global economic environment including the impact of brexit, the offer will form part of the council's prudent financial management and plan to maintain sensible levels of reserves as a buffer against unforeseen events.

We are consulting on our budget for 2017-18 and as part of that consultation would like to hear from you.

Our long-term plan is to increase council tax by 3.99 per cent for each of the next three years. Two per cent of this will go towards adult social care. Most of this increase will be required to cover the government's announced increase in the national living wage, the rest will be used to fund the increasing demand. In 2015-16 we supported 7,297 older people in North Yorkshire who need long-term help with their care and support (e.g. support in dressing and eating). Currently over 40 per cent of our budget, some £136m, goes on adult social care.

The 1.99 per cent increase in council tax is more than offset by the further reduction in government grants from £59m to zero by 2020. Without this increase there will therefore be a further £5m of savings required in 2017-18 alone.

More information on our budget and how we spend it is available on our spending pages.

This page was last updated on 30 January 2017