In February the council confirmed its budget and spending plans for the next 12 months.
Continuing care for those in need, working ever closer with the NHS to improve people’s health and wellbeing and supporting the county’s growing economic recovery are central to our plans. We’ll be investing an additional £20million in 2015 and the early part of 2016, with the vast majority for increasing demand for care from older people, people with disabilities and vulnerable young people.
This includes an extra £1.2m next year for looking after children in care, an extra £3.9m for supported living and residential care for people with disabilities and an extra £2m in adult social care as people live longer and in some cases develop complex health or care needs.
To be able to make this investment in support for people who need us we’ve had to find £17m of savings across the council. For the first time in four years, we will also be increasing your council tax, by 1.95% from April 2015.
We still have amongst the lowest council tax of any county in the UK, and amongst the lowest in England, with the increase meaning a band D home will pay an extra 39p a week.
We know that no increase is welcome, and we’ve worked hard to freeze and even reduce your council tax since 2010.
In order to support those who need our services most we’ve had to make a small increase, alongside continuing to change
how we work and reducing costs wherever we can, especially in the back office.
You can find out more about our spending and your council tax at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/counciltax