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How our funding is changing

Decrease in government grant over time (£ millions)

By 2020/21 our government grant will be much less than in previous years with services mainly funded by local council tax and business rates:

  • 2013-14: £132.9m
  • 2014-15: £114.7m
  • 2015-16: £89.0m
  • 2016-17: £64.3m
  • 2017-18: £40.7m
  • 2018-19: £25.5m
  • 2019-20: £10.7m
  • 2020-21: £10.9m

An ageing population

As the number of older people rises, there will be fewer people of working age to support them.

Over the years the proportion of people of working age in Staffordshire's population to older people has decreased, and this trend continues:

  • 1985: 5 people of working age to 1 older person
  • 2000: 4 people of working age to 1 older person
  • 2015: 3 people of working age to 1 older person
  • 2030: 2 people of working age to 1 older person (predicted)

In 2006 there were 138,000 Staffordshire residents aged over 65 and 15,800 aged over 85. By 2016 this had increased to 182,900 aged over 65 (a 33% increase) and 21,700 aged over 85 (a 37% increase).

More children coming into care

The number of children needing care or support has risen nationally in the last few years. In Staffordshire the costs associated with children in care have risen sharply.

  • 2014-15: £54.5m
  • 2015-16: £54.8m
  • 2016-17: £57.5m
  • 2017-18: £62.4m

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