Council budget updates

This page contains the latest information about the current budget.

This page contains information about the Northumberland County Council budget.

Budget 2019-2020 and Medium Term Plan 2019-2022

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

We have now published revised budget proposals for 2019-2022 for consultation following Cabinet approval.

A budget gap of £36 million has been identified between 2019-22, and detailed proposals will be worked up over the coming months to address this, in consultation with residents, businesses, stakeholders and key partners.

Last year the authority took on a savings gap of £65 million, however through managing debt more effectively, some savings already being implemented this year, and revising assumptions around social care and local government reform, this gap has been reduced to £36 million. In-depth reviews and increased scrutiny of previous saving proposals were also undertaken, helping to get savings targets under control.

Like many local authorities increased costs and growing pressures in demand for services, particularly in schools, children’s and adult social care, mean that hard choices need to be made to ensure the most vulnerable communities are protected.

Capital investment in the county is still a priority for the council, and their capital programme is investing almost £580 million in physical infrastructure including new schools, transport and highway improvements, superfast broadband, and new homes across the county.

Consultation will run from 9 October for seven weeks. Budget proposals will be refined and updated following consultation and after feedback has been considered.

Revised budget proposals will be brought to the council’s Cabinet in December 2018, with further consultation in January 2019, and final budget plans being put forward for approval to Full Council in February 2019.

You can view current proposals here.

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