also known as: Council budgets.
This page contains the latest information about the 2014/15 budget.
Budget process gets underway
The policy board at Northumberland County
Council has now approved recommendations to consult on a set of
proposals on the budget.
The medium term financial plan sets out the
council’s finances for the next five years and also recommends a
budget for 2014/15.
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 February.
“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
- 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 have been shared at a series of
local area committee meetings and the council is currently
considering the plans in more detail.
To help inform these budget decisions the
council would welcome your views. We want to make fair, principled
and well informed choices that reflect the needs of our
This consultation will run between 13 December
2013 and 10 January 2014.
You can provide comments by:
If you require the survey in an alternative
format you can call 01670 624741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A report on the views expressed during
consultation will be presented to councillors and policy board will
meet again to consider final recommendations as part of the budget
The council will then make the final decision
at a meeting on 18 February 2014 when the formal budget for 2014/15
will be set by the sixty seven elected members of the