Build Forward Better: our medium-term plan for 2021-22 and 2022-23

The pandemic has had a profound impact on all of our finances including the council’s. This year alone it has cost the council £60m and with the health emergency still not over, the costs are expected to rise even higher.

Despite the challenge, by law the council must set a balanced budget for 2021-22. We must also continue to provide vital frontline services like bin collections and social care.

We need to save £40m over the next two years. This is on top of the £305m we have had to save since 2010.

We have some difficult decisions to make to balance the books and we want to know to what you think of our proposed plan, ‘Build Forward Better’.

Medium-term plan documents

Background documents

Draft detailed budget pages by directorate.

We have undertaken Integrated Impact Assessments (IIAs) for proposals that will impact on services in 2021-22.

Proposal Consultation document
1. Adult Social Care – Financial Management Document
2. Adult Social Care - Supported Housing Options for people with a learning disability, Autism, or both Document
3. Children’s Social Care - Keeping families safely together Document
4. Children’s Social Care - In-House Residential Document
5. Public Health whole systems approach on healthy weight and obesity Document
6. Council Tax and adult social care precept Document

Have your say

You can have your say by completing a survey on or by writing to FREEPOST Let’s Talk or

We will collate and analyse all comments received, alongside any further announcements that impact on our finances. A revised budget report will be discussed at Cabinet in February 2021 before being debated at City Council on 3 March 2021 when it is expected the plan and budget will be set.

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