About the 2020-21 council budget

Introduction

Our budget this year will focus resources on those who need it most and what matters to communities. This means the overall budget of £140.4m will concentrate on vital services to support our vulnerable children and adults and services in the community, which takes up almost 60% of our total budget.

It was agreed at Full Council (27 February) to raise council tax by 1.99%, with an additional 2% to support adult social care services. The total increase in council tax for 2020-21 will be 3.99% to meet the needs of a growing population and offset reducing funding from the government. The Kingston element of the increase is equivalent to approximately £1.19 a week extra for a Band D household.

Over the last nine years we have saved £110m with your help, but we need to go further to meet the challenges ahead. Here are some stats and facts about our borough:

  • We received £66m of general funding from Central Government in 2010. This has been reducing year on year and we no longer receive any.

  • We need to save £32m over the next four years

  • We have a growing population in Kingston, which has increased by 20,000 since 2011 and is now at 179,600. This is expected to reach 202,234 by 2030.

  • There continues to be pressures on adult social care and special educational needs and disability (SEND) services as a result of growing numbers of children in need and our ageing local population. The historical shortfall in SEND funding will reach £20 million at the end of March 2020.

  • The elderly population has grown from 20,500 in 2011 to 24,300 in 2018 and is projected to reach 32,000 by 2030.

  • Over the next four years it is estimated that costs for Adult Social Care services will be almost £4m more than we currently spend.

  • Adult Social Care and Children’s Services amounts to 59% of our total expenditure  for 2020-21