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. Full details of the budget options proposed can be found in the Cabinet papers.
At its July meeting Cabinet decided to pursue 12 of the 18 options. Since then a decision has been taken not to pursue charging for DIY waste at Household Waste Recycling Sites pending more clarity on the Government’s position on this issue, and the withdrawal of the mobile Household Waste Recycling Site as further discussions are underway with partners.
The other options have been developed in more detail.
Up to date information on current proposed decisions can be found in the forward plan.