Tag Archives : budget


Surge in demand for social care puts Council’s budget at breaking point

Plymouth City Council is urgently managing a projected £5.2 million overspend caused by unprecedented demand for social care services and years of Government funding cuts. Council leaders say pressures in managing big increases in the number of vulnerable children and adults needing essential care while Government funding declines year after year has put the budget […]


Budget fails to help councils deal with austerity

The Chancellor’s Budget Statement has completely ignored the desperate need to help councils deal with the impact of a decade of austerity, Council Leader Tudor Evans says. There’s no immediate help for councils such as Plymouth that are urgently trying to plug funding gaps this financial year caused by cuts in Government funding while demand […]


Council sets one of the lowest tax increases despite huge pressures

Plymouth households will pay an average of 121 pence a week extra next year for hundreds of day-to-day services provided by the Council, including care for the elderly and vulnerable adults. The City Council agreed a 1.47 per cent increase in Council Tax as it set its budget for 2018/19 – lower than the increases […]


Council leader joins calls for fairer funding

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer has joined calls from councils across the South West for a fairer funding deal from the Government as the city faces huge challenges in balancing its books. Leaders of Devon, Isles of Scilly, Plymouth, Somerset, Torbay, Dorset and Cornwall Council are calling for central government to stop disadvantaging councils and […]


Council makes £10 million savings to deliver a balanced budget

Plymouth City Council is having to manage big reductions in its funding and further rises in the cost of providing social care services as it tries to balance its budget for 2018/19. A report to the Cabinet on 13 February says the Council has seen a huge reduction in its revenue support grant in recent […]


Council makes further savings towards setting a balanced budget

Plymouth City Council has nearly halved a projected £4.7 million gap in its budget for next year. The gap in funding to deliver more than 300 local services in 2018/19 has been reduced to £2.6 million over the last few months after services identified further savings and efficiencies and new income. Work is still ongoing […]


Plymouth residents urged to give feedback on budget plans this week

Plymouth residents have until Sunday (15 October) to give their views on the City Council’s plans to set a budget to deliver hundreds of local services next year. The City Council needs to set a budget for 2018/19 that enables it to deliver hundreds of local services with less money. Funding for councils is reducing […]


Residents asked to give views on balancing the City Council’s budget

Plymouth residents are being asked to give their views and ideas on how the City Council could balance its budget as its funding reduces and costs rise. The Council is running a three-week engagement exercise that encourages people to give their views on its ongoing plans to deal with continuously reducing funding. The Council has […]


Response to social care funding announcement in Spring Budget

In response to the Chancellor’s announcement that an extra £2 billion is to be allocated to supporting social care nationally, Council leader Ian Bowyer said: “While we await the detail of how this extra funding for social care will be allocated, we welcome the Government’s recognition of the scale of the problem councils such as Plymouth are […]


Combination of growth and change helps balance books

A combination of encouraging growth across Plymouth and changing how services are run is helping to balance the books and set the city in the right direction. Cabinet will meet on 7 February to consider the latest budget report ahead of it being considered at Council on Monday 27 February. The report highlights a sharply […]


Council on target to deliver a balanced budget despite pressures

Plymouth City Council is on track to deliver a balanced budget for 2016/17 despite having to deliver £21.2 million savings, its Cabinet member for Finance says. Councillor Ian Darcy says the Council is committed to balancing the books and so far has identified £19.2 million of savings, leaving £1.9 million to find before a 2017/18 […]


Council budget plans focus on modernising services

Modernising services will be focus of Plymouth City Council’s plans to deal with a projected £37 million gap in its funding for local services over the next three years. The plans are set out in a Medium Term Financial Strategy for the next three years that is due to be agreed by the Council’s Cabinet. […]


Give your views on decisions needed to close Council’s £19m budget gap

Plymouth residents are being asked to give their views about the City Council’s plans to address a £19 million shortfall in its budget for next year. The Council is running a three-week engagement exercise that includes an online survey asking people for their views on a range of proposals. They include raising income through growing […]


Plymouth residents continue to pay the lowest average council tax in region

Plymouth residents will continue to pay the lowest average Council Tax in the South West peninsula after the City Council agreed not to increase the tax for council services. The full council agreed a zero increase for council services but did agree the two per cent Council Tax precept the Government has introduced specifically to […]


Statement from Cllr Mark Lowry on the budget report to full Council

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet member for Finance, Councillor Mark Lowry, has expressed his anger at Plymouth’s latest funding deal as a report setting out the tough choices it faces in trying to set a balanced budget is published. The report is to be considered by the Full Council on Monday (February 29) when the Council […]


Council has to save £23m to set budget for next year

The biggest Government funding cuts to local services in a generation mean Plymouth City Council has to save over £23 million to set a budget for next year. The Council’s Cabinet has considered a draft budget which requires a £23 million gap between projected costs and resources to be closed in order to set a […]


Cabinet member for Finance responds to the Summer Budget

Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance, said: “As expected this was a brutal budget that will hit families, young people and Plymouth’s most vulnerable residents hardest.  “I’m particularly concerned about the ending of housing benefit for 18 to 21 year olds, which will affect more than 700 people in Plymouth.  “If these young people […]


Council invests further £43m in Plymouth

The City Council is investing a further £43 million in creating jobs, supporting new homes, better schools and making Plymouth a better place to live. The additional funding is outlined in a report on the Council’s outturn position for the last financial year to be considered by the Cabinet on 9 June. It shows that […]


Budget response: Plymouth calls on Government for help with full time fire & rescue service

 Plymouth City Council is calling on the Government to help us save more lives by giving Plymouth the means to employ a full time fire and rescue workforce. Leader of the Council, Councillor Tudor Evans, has personally written to the Chancellor of the Exchequor, George Osborne, asking him to provide Plymouth with a ring-fenced supplement […]


Plymouth City Council response to Budget announcement on Minimum Wage

Plymouth’s commitment to be a Living Wage city means we are one step ahead of the Government, following the announcement today on the minimum wage increase. Following the Chancellor’s Budget statement today which included a 20p rise in the Minimum Wage, Plymouth City Council wants to remind people that it has already committed to pay […]


Council budget prioritises jobs, homes and clean and safe streets

Vital local services are being protected as the Government cuts more than £18 million of funding for Plymouth residents next year. The Cabinet has agreed to recommend a draft budget for 2015/16 that invests £192.5m in delivering more than 350 day to day local services and protecting and expanding work to provide jobs, create affordable […]


Minister challenged over Plymouth’s ‘missing millions’

Plymouth City Council’s leader Tudor Evans is calling on the Local Government minister to explain why Plymouth is being cheated out on millions of pounds of funding for local services. Councillor Evans challenged local government minister Kris Hopkins on Plymouth’s missing millions during a telephone conversation to discuss the Government’s funding settlement and called for […]


Vulnerable in Plymouth could be hit by cut to welfare scheme

Vulnerable people in Plymouth will be hit hard by the Government’s decision to scrap a fund for families in crisis, the City Council is warning. The Government has announced it is scrapping of the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme, which has nationally provided £172m to help 1.2m families with nowhere else to turn. In Plymouth the […]


Council budget plans address Government funding cuts

Vital day-to-day local services are being protected as the Government cuts another £27 million of funding for Plymouth residents. The City Council is set to agree a draft budget for 2015/16 which includes £14 million less to spend on services next year due to Government funding cuts. The Government has already cut the Council’s funding […]