Council budget updates

This page contains the latest information about the current budget.

This page contains information about the Northumberland County Council budget.

Budget 2020-2021 & Medium Term Plan 2020-2023

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

We have now published revised budget proposals for 2020-2023 for consultation following Cabinet approval.

Savings in excess of £9 million have been identified to balance the budget for 2020-21 and in total savings over the medium term in excess of £16 million have so far been identified.

Local government is still operating in a period of financial uncertainty brought about by a combination of significant budget pressures in social care; special educational needs; disability services; and, other pressures arising from demographic changes and pay and price inflation. 

This is making financial planning extremely challenging and complex and requires the Council to be flexible and adaptable.

Capital investment in the county is still a priority for the council, and last year’s capital programme is continuing to invest almost £580 million in physical infrastructure including new schools, transport and highway improvements, superfast broadband, and new homes across the county.

Consultation which is now CLOSED  ran from Monday 16 December for seven weeks until 27January 2020. 

Budget proposals will be refined and updated following consultation and after feedback has been considered.


Revised budget proposals will be brought to Full Council in February 2019.

You can view current proposals here.

Paper copies are available on request.