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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

2019/20 budget consultation

We wanted your views on how we spend our budget.


Over the last eight years, we have faced one of the greatest financial challenges in our history and by end of March 2019, we will have had to save over £224 million.

Since 2011, each year we have listened to your views and worked together to shape an approach to our annual savings which has reduced the cost of management and back office functions to protect frontline services, prioritised some services over others and, where necessary, used our reserves. We are continuing to respond to what you told us and this approach will be key to future savings.

Over the next four years, we need to achieve additional savings of £35.3 million bringing the total value of savings since 2011 to £260 million.  Savings of £8.8 million are required in 2019/20. 

What we proposed

We plan to continue protecting frontline services wherever possible. Through our transformation programme, we are changing the way we work and seeking alternative and innovative ways to meet savings targets.

No new front line service reductions are proposed for 2019/20 and instead savings will come from the following sources:

  • £4.25 million from our transformation programme that has identified a more commercial approach to managing our capital funding including achieving lower than forecast interest rates on borrowings 
  • £2.3 million from savings agreed in 2018/19 but which impact in 2019/20 (such as the review of our adult social care services and charging, review of culture and sport, review of buildings and facilities maintenance, and garden waste fees)
  • £1.35 million from increased income due to a nationally agreed increase in planning application fees, VAT changes to leisure centres income, procurement efficiencies in contracted bus routes and  changes to the Climate Change Levy

The cabinet report is available at Cabinet agenda and minutes 11 July 2018.

Have your say

The closing date for comments was Friday 19 October 2018.

What happens next?

Your comments will be reported to and considered by our Cabinet in spring 2019.

We are aware that after 2019/20 we will again have to look at further savings. To help with this, we are going to review our council vision and priorities. We will be consulting on this soon - watch this space!

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03000 263 593
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