Our budget challenge
West Sussex County Council, like many other local authorities across the country, continues to face unprecedented financial pressures mainly due to:
• Increasing demand on social care services
• Significant reduction in government funding
• Uncertainty around future funding.
We have made almost £240m of savings since 2010 and in the same period our funding has been cut by more than £155m by Government. But we still have a gross budget gap of £127m (before council tax rises) to close over the next four years.
Have a look at this short animation explaining our budget situation and the challenges we face:
West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet met in public in July to consider savings options to take forward in the 2020/21 budget to meet this funding gap.
The budget process started earlier than usual this summer to allow plenty of time for options to be fully worked out and considered before any decisions are taken. Full details of the budget options proposed can be found in the Cabinet papers. Cabinet decided to pursue 12 of the 18 options and they will now be developed in more detail.