Council Tax

Sefton Council's Budget for 2019/20 has seen a 2.99% increase.

The increase is to meet the continuing demands of funding children's and adult social care services, an additional precept for the Liverpool City Region while tackling financial pressures caused by the Government's ongoing austerity programme. 

In the video below, Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher gives an insight into where the Council gets its funding, where it is spent and the pressures the Local Authority faces. Check out the following guide for a breakdown of where Sefton Council spends its budget and your Council Tax.

Sefton Council has set a net budget before non-specific Government Grants of £237,043,505 (excluding Parishes) for 2019/2020. This is £4.4m more than the budget for 2018/2019. The analysis of the Council Tax Requirement and Budget Requirement is provided below:

Sefton MBC Budget Requirement 2018/2019(£m) 2019/2020(£m)
Gross Expenditure on Council Services 551.2 554.8
Gross Expenditure by Levying Bodies 33.3 34.2
Total Gross Expenditure 584.5 589.0
Total Gross Income -351.9 -352.0
Sefton Budget Requirement before non-specific Government Grants (Note 1) 232.6 237.0
Non-Specific Government Grants -10.3 -17.9
Sefton Budget Requirement 222.3 219.1
Less: General Government Grant -24.7 -19.6
Less: Retained Business Rates Income -70.4 -66.5
Less: Collection Fund Surplus - Council Tax -0.7 -1.0
Sefton Council Tax Requirement 126.5 132.0
Council Tax (Band C)
£1,355.30 £1,395.82

Note 1: The table below highlights the major variances in the Budget Requirement (before non-specific Government Grants) between 2018/2019 and 2019/2020:

Pay / Price Inflation etc. £m
Pay and Price Inflation Contingency 5.9
Additional Resources to Maintain and Improve Services  
Provision relating to 2018/2019 Service Pressures 7.8
Budget Pressure Fund 1.0
Service Efficiency and Other Savings  
Net Savings / Efficiency Measures -10.6
Increase in Levies 0.9
Change in Use of One-Off Resources -0.6
Change in Sefton Budget Requirement 4.4

Sefton Council's Revenue Budget
Sefton's Analysis of General Fund Expenditure & Income for 2019/2020 can be viewed below.

Sefton's Estimated Balances
Sefton’s general revenue balances are estimated to be £7.2m as at 31 March 2019. The 2019/2020 Budget assumes no use of general balances. This excludes reserves held by schools; these are estimated to be £11m as at 31 March 2019.

Capital Investment Plan 2019/2020 - 2020/2021
The Council's Capital Investment Plan for 2019/2020 – 2020/2021 totals £27.000m and is funded primarily from Central Government Allocations, Specific Capital Grants, Capital Receipts and Council Borrowing. The Plan comprises Locality Services - Commissioned schemes (£9.590m), Schools & Families schemes (£9.532m) and Adult Social Care schemes (£7.878m). It should be noted that any resources identified as unspent in 2018/2019 at the year-end will slip into 2019/2020 and some additional resources are yet to be allocated to new schemes in 2019/2020.

Sefton's Employees
The number of employees within Sefton in March 2019 is 5,694 (full time equivalent). The figure in March 2018 was 5,811 i.e. there has been a reduction of 117. Included in the March 2018 figure are 156 employees who were employed at schools who have since transferred out of local authority control.