West Sussex County Council is working to develop a balanced and sustainable budget for 2024 to 2025 that ensures support and investment continues for our communities.
We do so by focusing on the four priorities in Our Council Plan 2021/2025 with an underlying commitment to protecting the environment:
- Keeping people safe from vulnerable situations.
- A sustainable and prosperous economy.
- Helping people and communities fulfil their potential.
- Making the best use of resources.
Like all local authorities across the country, we are developing our budget in the context of significant financial pressures, caused by high levels of inflation, but also by:
- a growing adult and elderly population with increasingly complex needs
- a rising number of children with special educational needs and education health and care plans
- the noticeable impacts of climate change which are adding to the costs of maintaining the county’s 4,000km of roads
- continuing cost of living challenges being faced by everyone, which are creating extra demand for council services.
Our shortfall for 2024/25 is currently £44.9 million, which means we will have to make difficult decisions about the level of services we provide and how we deliver them and the level of council tax increase for next year to ensure we can continue to deliver vital services.
That is why we are committed to making the best use of our limited resources while protecting essential services for our growing population of more than 882,600 residents and 37,400 businesses.