Your Council Tax 2018-19
From fixing potholes to caring for the elderly and vulnerable children, your council tax is spent on essential activities in your community that have a big impact on people’s lives.
The county council has now agreed how it will spend its budget for the year ahead. In this booklet we explain where our funding comes from, how we spend it, and the impact it has on Staffordshire people.
One of the biggest pressures we face is that people are living longer, which is a good thing, but many suffer from ill-health in later life and need support. The number of children coming into care is increasing too. We will continue to protect those people such as the elderly, people with disabilities and children in our care who, through no fault of their own, need our help the most. In doing so, this means that in 2018-19 we will spend a record £310 million on care.
The challenge of setting a balanced budget is greater every year as the amount of funding we receive from government falls. In 2018-19 Staffordshire’s government grant will reduce by more than £15m. Yet demand for the support we provide continues to rise.
Over the last eight years we have reduced our running costs by £240 million to help balance the books. We cannot spend more than we have coming in. We are working in new and lower cost ways, for instance by using more digital technology. We are also encouraging more people to help one another in their communities, and to take greater responsibility for their own wellbeing, to live longer, healthier lives and reduce the cost to the public purse.
We also need to ask you to pay more, in particular towards the growing care bill. Council tax will increase by 2.95% next year in line with inflation, plus an extra 3% to be spent only on social care. This will see bills rise by around £1.30 a week for a Band D home although Staffordshire council tax levels will remain among the lowest of any county in England.
County Councillor Philip Atkins
Leader of the Council
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