We’ve been reviewing our spending plans for the third year of our three-year budget. The Council’s Scrutiny Committees and Executive meet in February to discuss our proposals ahead of our budget for 2019/20 being finalised at a Council meeting on 8 March 2019.
We are sticking to the priorities that residents told us they valued most when we consulted on our three-year budget in 2017, with some adjustments proposed for 2019/20 to address the impact of austerity and a longer-living population – many with health problems – needing social care. Our proposals also take into account increases in residents' need for some services like children’s and adult social care, support for homelessness and the need to reduce the impact of welfare reforms.
We have the opportunity to further increase Council Tax for council services, but will keep to the 3.49% (1.99% Council Tax and 1.5% earmarked for adult social care) we agreed with residients at the start of our three-year budget. For most residents (paying Band A council tax) that's just over £30 a year extra for council services on their bill. We know that many Manchester residents face hardship, and that other elements of the council tax bill may increase, so we want to reduce the impact as much as possible while maintaining quality council services.
See details of our 2019/20 budget proposals in the relevant committee papers:
- Adult Social Care (item 8 Health Scrutiny Committee)
- Children's Services (item 5a Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee)
- Corporate Core (item 5a Resource and Governance Scrutiny Committee)
- Homelessness (item 5c Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee)
- Neighbourhoods (Item 5a Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee)
- Strategic Development (item 5b Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee)