Council budget updates

This page contains the latest information about the current budget.

This page contains information about the Northumberland County Council budget.

Budget 2018-19 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2018-2022

Northumberland County Council must set a balanced budget each financial year.

We have produced a draft budget which proposes efficiencies of £8.2m in 2018-19, increasing to £21.1m in 2019-20, and rising to £65.1m over the term of our Medium Term Financial Plan 2018-2022.

Since last May we’ve been working hard to bring forward achievable budget proposals that deliver savings and have tangible benefits.

We have bold and ambitious plans for the future, but we need balance our books. By doing this, we’ll be much better place to help support a thriving local economy and deliver value for money for the communities we serve.

This year’s budget process has very much being about putting things right and protecting essential services, and plugging historic cost pressures through increased demand in services.

However, service demand is set to continue - whether it’s repairing our roads or looking after the most vulnerable in our society - so the next three years will be more challenging and have a significant impact on the way we deliver services over that period.

Our approach therefore needs to be transformational in terms of service integration and new ways of working, to identify more effective and efficient service delivery, as well as explore opportunities to generate income.

The budget proposals have been debated at Local Area Councils throughout January 2018. These will be discussed further by the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and put forward for approval to Full Council on 21 February 2018.

If you’d like to have your say, please email