Budget 2022/23

Find out more about our budget for 2022/23

Our budget for 2022/23

Increased funding for vital day-to-day services, sound financial management, and intelligent investments to improve our county lies at the heart of West Sussex County Council’s budget for 2022/23.   

Members approved this year’s budget for 2022/23 and Capital Programme through to 2025/26 at a meeting at County Hall in Chichester on Monday 28 February.

The budget has been carefully balanced to meet the needs of our county in these ongoing uncertain times while at the same time taking positive steps for years yet to come.

It complements our Council Plan, the strategy which sets out the priorities for the Council and outcomes for people who live and work in West Sussex.

Our Council Plan

The 2022/23 budget aligns with our central plan - Our Council Plan 2021/25 - which sets out:

  • Our key priority outcomes for the next four years and what we should focus on in the future
  • How our budgets are allocated and how we should spend our money
  • How our performance is measured.

The plan builds on learning from the response to Covid-19 to ensure we provide the best support possible for residents, both now and in the future.

The annual budget supports the plan’s four priorities, underpinned by cross cutting theme of tackling climate change. The priorities are:

  • Keeping people safe from vulnerable situations
  • A sustainable and prosperous economy
  • Helping people and communities to fulfil their potential
  • Making the best use of resources.

The final version of Our Council Plan was approved at February’s Full Council meeting in 2021.

New investments for West Sussex

The budget for the year ahead includes the following investments that are designed to improve our county:

• Climate Change: Investment of £10 million of capital funding to support the delivery of the Council’s Carbon Net Zero strategy.

• Adult Social Care: Investment to protect the market sustainability of care and support, to make sure people can get help when they need it. This includes £7.5 million to support changes in population and the increasing complexity of care. There is also a total of £16.7 million to reflect the increase in costs, for both the county council and our providers, due to increases in the National Living Wage, the new National Insurance rate and general costs of inflation.

• Children’s Services: This budget area sees investment of £2.7 million towards the increase in demand for services, £0.4 million for the in-house residential strategy, £1.8 million for the vital Fostering Redesign which will help some of our county’s most vulnerable children and £0.3 million for children’s emotional wellbeing & mental health services. Further investment of £1 million has been made to support the Children First Improvement Programme which is making positive change for the service.

• Highways: An additional investment of £2.6 million of revenue funding, with £2.4m of funding specifically earmarked to address safety critical areas. In addition to this, a further £21 million of capital funding will be invested in the road maintenance programme over five years.

Your council tax bill

The agreed budget means council tax will rise by 2.99 per cent - this includes a 1.99 per cent general increase plus an additional 1 per cent dedicated for adult social care. This puts the County Council element of an average band D council tax bill at £1,555.74, or £4.26 per day. This is an average increase of 87 pence per week compared to last year’s bill.

Steps taken

The Cabinet reviewed the proposed budget for 2022/23 before it was approved by Members at a meeting of the Full Council on Monday 28 February.

The Cabinet also considered comments from the Performance and Finance Scrutiny Committee, which met on Monday 31 January.

Following extreme adverse weather caused by recent storms, the meeting date of Full Council to debate and vote on the proposed Annual Council Budget for 2022/23 on Friday 18 February was rescheduled. 

Further information

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