Public consultation on budget proposals

Four consultations launched on 24 October

We are running a range of consultations to gather the views of residents, partners, businesses and other stakeholders on proposals to deliver a balanced budget for the council. A final decision on the budget will be taken by Full Council in February 2019.

We are running one main budget consultation which sets out all of our proposals. As well as this, we are also undertaking additional consultations relating to three specific budget proposals. These include:

  • Revising the Adult Social Care Charging policy
  • Future of two council-owned residential care homes
  • Revising service charges for tenants (Housing Revenue Account)

Why do we have to save money?

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Council Tax only covers 17% of our total council expenditure
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The main grant we receive from central government will be reduced by 54% over the medium term
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The rest of our funding is made up of income from business rates, government grants and funding we win through bids to central government
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At the same time the cost of social care for adults and children continues to go up year on year

As a result of reductions in funding from central government, Southampton City Council has made £136.4 million savings over the last seven years and we need to make another £15.05 million savings by 2020/21. Income from the Council Tax only covers 17% of our total council expenditure (excluding Housing Revenue Account expenditure and schools expenditure) and the revenue support grant funding we receive from central government will be reduced by 54% over the medium term. At the same time as we are having to make further savings, demand for our services – particularly those for vulnerable children and adults – continues to increase year-on-year.

We have adopted an outcome-based planning and budgeting approach to ensure that the council is investing its reduced resources in those services that have the greatest impact on the delivery of our priority outcomes. Those outcomes have been developed based on feedback from residents, staff and partners, and are:

  1. Strong and sustainable economic growth
  2. Children and young people get a good start in life
  3. People in Southampton live safe, healthy, independent lives
  4. Southampton is an attractive and modern city, where people are proud to live and work

And, to ensure the council can deliver against these in an affordable way, we aim to be a 'modern sustainable council'.

By allocating resources to these priorities, considering what is being achieved from the services being provided, and what can be improved, changed or stopped, we have identified areas where we can potentially make savings. We have also included income generation proposals and ‘business as usual’ efficiencies.

Have your say

It is very important that we get your feedback before we make any decisions. Please do take the time to have your say by completing the budget consultation as well as any of the other three specific consultations which may be of special interest to you. Below is the link to the main budget consultation questionnaire and supplementary frequently asked questions and information sheets which explain the proposals. For all budget proposals an Equalities and Safety Impact Assessment is carried out to consider the potential effects of the proposals and plan mitigations.

Consultation 1: Budget proposals for 2019/20-2020/21

If you use the links below, you will find consultation questionnaires and associated information on the three other consultations which relate to our budget proposals.

Consultation 2: Future of two residential care homes

Consultation 3: Adult Social Care charging policy review

Consultation 4: Revising service charges for tenants

What is the deadline for feedback to the budget proposals?

You can complete the questionnaire on the overall budget consultation from 24 October 2018 until 2 January 2019. In addition to this, you can email us at, or write to us at Consultations, First Floor West Wing, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY, or engage through the forward plan and decision making processes at meetings.

Once all of the feedback has been gathered, analysed and contemplated, a final set of proposals will be presented to Cabinet on 19 February 2019 and Full Council on 20 February 2019.