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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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Latest council news

Gritting Crews Work Around the Clock over the Weekend to Help Keep County On The Move

Staffordshire's army of gritters were out in force across the county during the weekend as strong winds, snow and freezing temperatures hit the region.
Date:
29 November 2021

Highways crews out in force as Storm Arwen hits county

Highways crews in Staffordshire have been out in force after Storm Arwen brought wind, snow and freezing temperatures to the county.
Date:
27 November 2021

Free Holiday Activities and Food for Low Income Families this Christmas

Thousands of Staffordshire school children will receive free hot meals and access to a range of activities over the Christmas holidays.
Date:
23 November 2021

Staffordshire's Gritting Crews see First Winter Action

Staffordshire's army of gritters were in action last night as freezing temperatures hit the county.
Date:
22 November 2021

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