A consultation on the 2018-19 North Yorkshire County Council budget and council tax level.
As a result of the information available from the Chancellor’s budget, we estimate there is little to change the plans we made about the level of Government funding in the council’s medium term financial strategy.
We will have saved a total of over £170m over the decade by 2019-10, which represents a reduction of 34 per cent in the council’s spending power. We knew we had to save a further £43m from our revenue budget by 2019-20 and we had plans for £33m, leaving a savings gap of £10m. We now think that gap is likely to be higher. This is as a result of increases in inflation and increases in demand for:
- services for children with special educational needs; and
- adult social care.
We are now having to consider some very tough decisions about savings, which will include our frontline services. The vast majority of savings so far have come from back office and administration, staff and management posts, procurement changes and other general efficiencies. This is no longer possible.
We will continue to prioritise spending in all areas that deal with vulnerable people, both young and old, but the demands on an increasingly stretched budget continue to grow. More than a quarter of the county’s adult population is over 65 and 13.5 per cent are aged over 85. The need to support for older people is projected to increase dramatically in future years.
The council continues to need to invest in priority areas, including roads, broadband, giving a good start to all young people and to support the elderly and vulnerable.
More information on our budget and how we spend it is available on our spending pages.
Give us your views
We would like your views on where we should focus council spending.