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Cardiff Council’s Budget

Every February, Cardiff Council sets a budget for the next year that details how much money we will be able to spend on each of the services the council provides. 

Cardiff Council's budget for 2019/20 is £624m. Schools (£241m) and social services (£171m) make up around 66% of the total budget. The majority (72%) of the council's budget comes through a grant from the Welsh Government, with 28% coming from Council tax.

  • ​Social Services and Schools makes up 66%
    Social Services £171m
    Schools £241m

  • Non-Controllable* £53m 
  • Capital Finance £50m 
  • ​​Other Services** £109m

    Chart showing how the council spends £624m to deliver services

​ * Council tax reduction scheme and levies paid to other organisations such as the fire service.
** Including - recycling and waste, highways, street lighting, economic regeneration, libraries, transport.

The amount of funding the Council receives from the Welsh Government will increase by 4.1% (or £18.5m) next year and we are proposing to increase Council tax levels by 4.5%.

  • Use of reserves £3m 
  • General Government Funding £445m
  • Council Tax £176m​
    Chart showing how the council funds the £624m budget

Even though the Council will receive an increase in funding from the Welsh Government, the demand pressure caused by population growth and inequality, allied to cost pressures like inflation, means that the cost of delivering our services continues to rise.

The difference between the anticipated cost of delivering services and the amount of funding the Council expects to receive will need to be found from savings. For 2020/21 this figure is £9.478m.

Income Opportunities
We can utilise our scale and expertise to deliver services for other organisations and customers and thereby generate income, whilst continuing to deliver frontline services for residents. We also need to review prices in line with costs. For 2020/21 the Council will generate £2.205m from income proposals.

Service Change
These savings will be delivered by changing service delivery though measures such as the implementation of agreed new commissioning strategies and operating models across Adults and Children’s Social Services. These would not have an adverse impact on service users. For 2020/21 the Council will find £1.9 million from Service Change proposals. Whilst not all included in the city-wide consultation, some of the service change proposals may require consultation with users of specific services, or will continue with strategies consulted on previously.

Efficiency Savings
These are defined as savings which achieve the same output (or more) for less resource with no significant impact on the resident or customer. For 2020/21 the Council will find £5.373m from efficiencies. This includes a 0.5% efficiency contribution from schools, which equates to £1.207m, and is included in the consultation. Of the £4.166m to be found from non - schools services it is anticipated that £1.081m will be in place before the end of this financial year.

Have your say

We want to hear your views on our proposals.

Complete the Budget Consultation survey online​​External link opens in a new window ​​

This survey closes on 31st January 2020.​

As part of our Consultation on the 2020/21 Budget Proposals, our Research Team will be visiting hubs and libraries across the city to give people a chance to find out more about the proposals, ask questions and share their view.

Location and Times
Date Location Time
​​Monday 20th January Ely Hub ​10am – 11:30am
​​Monday 20th January Penylan library 12pm – 1pm
​​Monday 20th January Llanishen Hub 2pm – 3pm
Tuesday 21st January Cathays Library 2pm – 3pm
Wednesday 22nd January Canton Library 10am – 11am
Wednesday 22nd January Fairwater Hub 11:30am – 12:30pm
Wednesday 22nd January Llandaff North Hub 1pm – 2:30pm
​Monday 27th January Central Library Hub ​10am - 11.30pm
​​Monday 27th January Radyr Library ​12pm - 1pm
​​Monday 27th January Rhiwbina Library​ ​1.30pm - 2.30pm
​Wednesday 29th January ​St Mellons Hub ​10.30am - 12pm
​​Wednesday 29th January Llanrumney Hub ​12.30pm - 1.30pm
​​Wednesday 29th January ​Rumney Partnership Hub​ ​2pm - 3pm

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