Budget Proposals 2021/2022

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We would like to know your views on a series of spending and savings proposals for the Council’s 2021/22 budget.

The main aim of the proposals is to preserve frontline services despite the ongoing challenge of Coronavirus.

We are currently facing a current budget gap of around £6m. This is after including a number of spending pressures and some savings which do not affect front-line services. The proposals include using a one-off contribution from reserves of £9m.

The position is based on increasing Council Tax by 5%. This includes 2% to pay for general Council expenditure and 3% to pay for the costs of Adult Social Care in line with Government guidelines.


Your comments will be considered and will help to shape the final budget plan that will need to go to the Council for approval in February 2021.

The recent government spending review included some further support for local government, but at the time of writing the Council is still awaiting the 2021/22 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement which will provide the details of the Council’s figures.

The Covid pandemic has had the most dramatic impact on local government finances since the second world war but we are determined to work our way through this.

Key revenue pressures:

£4m increase in spending on children’s services;

£2.4m loss of company dividends;

£1.6m increase in adult social care costs:

£1.7m loss on car parking and bus lane enforcement.


The Council may also be prevented from generating up to £2m of further planned income from property rents in the future after the Government has changed the rules on borrowing for Councils.

At the same time there has been a £1.5m reduction in spending on temporary accommodation for people who are homeless, as a result of acquiring less expensive and more sustainable temporary accommodation.

The Council is committed to understanding what impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the different communities of Coventry. An equality impact assessment (EIA) has been produced for this purpose and provides useful context for this year’s budget-setting process. We welcome your views on this EIA as part of the consultation on the proposed Council budget for 2021/22.


We would like to know your views on a series of spending and savings proposals for the Council’s 2021/22 budget.

The main aim of the proposals is to preserve frontline services despite the ongoing challenge of Coronavirus.

We are currently facing a current budget gap of around £6m. This is after including a number of spending pressures and some savings which do not affect front-line services. The proposals include using a one-off contribution from reserves of £9m.

The position is based on increasing Council Tax by 5%. This includes 2% to pay for general Council expenditure and 3% to pay for the costs of Adult Social Care in line with Government guidelines.


Your comments will be considered and will help to shape the final budget plan that will need to go to the Council for approval in February 2021.

The recent government spending review included some further support for local government, but at the time of writing the Council is still awaiting the 2021/22 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement which will provide the details of the Council’s figures.

The Covid pandemic has had the most dramatic impact on local government finances since the second world war but we are determined to work our way through this.

Key revenue pressures:

£4m increase in spending on children’s services;

£2.4m loss of company dividends;

£1.6m increase in adult social care costs:

£1.7m loss on car parking and bus lane enforcement.


The Council may also be prevented from generating up to £2m of further planned income from property rents in the future after the Government has changed the rules on borrowing for Councils.

At the same time there has been a £1.5m reduction in spending on temporary accommodation for people who are homeless, as a result of acquiring less expensive and more sustainable temporary accommodation.

The Council is committed to understanding what impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the different communities of Coventry. An equality impact assessment (EIA) has been produced for this purpose and provides useful context for this year’s budget-setting process. We welcome your views on this EIA as part of the consultation on the proposed Council budget for 2021/22.