also known as: Council budgets.
This page contains the latest information about the 2014/15 budget.
The policy board at Northumberland County Council has now
approved recommendations to consult on a set of proposals on the
The medium term financial plan sets out the council’s finances
for the next five years and also recommends a budget for
The recommendations include a number of budget reductions which
are needed to set a balanced budget.
Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “The
public sector is still facing major financial challenges and in
Northumberland we are going to face significant efficiency savings
in the coming years. We now know that in the next financial year we
will need to save around £32.5m.
“Government policy means that over the next four years we will
need to save more than £130m from the council’s budget which
presents us with huge challenges. There’s no doubt that the
decisions the government has made will have a real impact on people
living in Northumberland.
“In making these savings we’re determined to protect front line
services to the public as best we can and continue to invest in
Northumberland and the local economy. We are working hard to come
up with innovative solutions before presenting our final budget in
“We’re putting the final touches to the proposed budget but it’s
clear that the government have placed a financial straightjacket on
Northumberland County Council.
“We think that local people will see a below inflation rise in
council tax as reasonable but we’re conscious that families across
the county are finding it tough. We’ll be developing a cost of
living package to help our residents and show everyone in
Northumberland that this council is on their side”.
The financial future
The plan estimates that Northumberland will need to make savings
of more than £130m between 2014-2018, of which £32.5m will come in
the next financial year.
These savings are higher than originally expected following the
Government’s 2013 Budget and other national spending decisions
announced earlier in the year.
The level of savings may increase further in the long term
because some of the projections are based on provisional figures by
the government which could still change after the next general
The recommendations include:
- Budget reductions of £130 million over the period 2014-2018,
including £32.5 million in 2014-15.
- The below-inflation council tax increase of 1.99%.
- A schedule of potential budget reductions from across the
The proposals were shared at a series of local area committee
meetings, and the budget proposals and a survey made available
on the council's website to inform and capture the views of
residents and service users. The council is now currently
considering the plans and the results of the public consultation in
Consultation on the 2014/15 budget has now ended.
The results of the consultation can be accessed here.
Following a meeting of full council on the 18 February 2014, the
budget for 2014/15 was formally set by the sixty seven elected
members of the council. Officers will now be working to
implement the changes outlined in the 2014/15 budget.