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Your Council Tax 2020-21

Dear Resident,

Your county council tax makes a real difference: from funding care for the elderly and vulnerable children, to fixing Staffordshire’s roads and keeping them moving in bad weather.

The money you pay accounts for about 60% of your county council’s total funding. It is important you know how we spend it to help people in your community and across Staffordshire.

We invest your money in business sites, transport and broadband, to create the right conditions for the economy to grow and create more better paid jobs. Your county council tax is improving training and learning opportunities for people of all ages so they can gain the skills they need.

Your money also funds new school places to meet rising demand and supports the staff and brilliant volunteers in our libraries and country parks.

As you can read on this page, almost two-thirds of the county council’s funding is spent on social care, looking after a growing ageing population and rising numbers of children coming into care. The county council will always be there for those who really need our support.

However, now more than ever, our work is about helping people to stand on their own feet, to fulfil their ambitions and manage their own problems. Access to good jobs, decent homes, the chance to learn throughout your life, live a healthy lifestyle and support your loved ones: these are our ambitions for families and people in Staffordshire.

To help pay for this in the year ahead, the county council tax element of your bill will increase by around 10p per day if you live in a Band D property. Staffordshire’s council tax bills still remain one of the lowest in the country.



Philip Atkins OBE

Leader of Staffordshire County Council



Out of every pound of our funds we will spend...Council-tax-one-pound-chart

38p Care for the elderly and adults and children with disabilities

24p Caring for vulnerable children

6p Highways

3p Transport

8p Administration

7p Cost of loans to build schools and roads

1p Contingency

2p Libraries, museums, and galleries

6p Education services other than schools

5p Waste management and trading standards



Where our money comes from

Our total income is nearly £1,042m. This money comes from five sources, including your council tax. Around a third is handed directly to schools. We cannot influence how this money is spent. Of the remaining money, a large portion can only be used for specific services such as Public Health.

We have around £532m. available for day-to-day services for Staffordshire people over the coming year.

 Money for services £532.9m

This funding is available for day-to-day services.

Your council tax: £376.8m

Business rates: £104.0m

General grants: £52.1m

 Ring-fenced income £210.2m

Service grants, fees and charges: £210.2m

 Not for council use £299.3m

Dedicated schools grant: £299.3m

Grand total: £1,042.4m



Living in Staffordshire



Supporting the Staffordshire family

Here are just some of the ways we are supporting Staffordshire residents...

  • We support almost 2,000 vulnerable children either in our care, or through intensive support to their families.
  • Creating up to 200 extra nursing home placements in areas of high demand.2500km gritting network
  • Funding 30 million hours of care each year for our growing, ageing population.
  • Our fleet of 42 gritters and snow ploughs treat a road network 2,500km long. 
  • Our amazing army of 426 foster carers is giving 497 local children a safe and happy home, and we are always working hard to recruit more carers.
  • Extra investment at i54 South Staffordshire (part of a £480m Growth Programme) could see more than 15,000 new jobs on site, in addition to the 7,000 jobs already created there.426 foster carers
  • Our school building programme will continue, with six new primary schools, a new first school, and the expansion of two secondary schools over the next year.
  • Staffordshire Warmer Homes Fund is helping people warm their homes by installing fully funded central heating systems.
  • An extra £8.1m will be spent on more frontline staff and work to keep children with their families rather than being taken into care.
  • Our £32m partnership with Openreach and Government has enabled 80,000 properties so far to connect to superfast broadband.



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