Budget Consultation 2019/20

This consultation has now closed. Read the results.

Scarborough Borough Council's policy has always been to be as efficient as possible and protect front line services and since 2010 the council has delivered savings of £18m from its annual revenue budget. Over that same period performance in many areas has increased.

As staffing resources reduce and savings become harder to identify it is becoming apparent that the length of time needed to deliver savings is increasing.  Like many other local authorities the council is keen to pursue commercial opportunities, which can generate financial returns to support the revenue budget, rather than relying purely on cuts in service or expenditure. It is acknowledged that this approach may require a longer planning period and lead in time to deliver the required financial returns and with that in mind the Council has now moved towards a more detailed 3-year revenue budget setting programme.

We get funding from Government as well as Council Tax income to support our revenue budget.

Revenue funding supports services like refuse collection, street cleansing, parks, regeneration, tourism services, CCTV etc.  In 2019/20 Government funding will be cut by £556,000 (10.1%).

Along with unavoidable cost pressures, this means that the council faces a funding shortfall of £1,196,000.

The draft budget report presented to Cabinet on Tuesday 11 December proposes:

  • Efficiency and savings proposals of £1,517,484
  • Increase income targets (in most cases by 2%) - £161,200
  • An increase in the draw from the General Fund - £100,000 (to £300,000 for 2019/20)
  • Investment in one off expenditure - £421,000

The budget proposals assume that the council will increase Council Tax by 2.99%, the maximum possible without holding a costly referendum.  This increase equates to £6.07 per year (12 pence per week) on a typical Band C property.

The projections show that savings of at least £4.783m will need to be identified from the current annual revenue budget to balance the funding gap over the period to 2022.

We would like your feedback on these proposals before they go for approval in February 2019. Additional details on the Draft Revenue Budget for 2019/20 are included within the appendix. 


When is the consultation taking place?

Start: 7 January 2019

End: 18 February 2019, 12 noon

Please note: Comments received by 29 January 2019 will be included in the Cabinet and Full Council report, comments after that date will be included in the Full Council report, only.

Which audience or groups are being consulted?


  • Residents panel
  • General public
  • Parish councils

How are we consulting?

  • Postal surveys (Residents panel)
  • Email invites to web surveys
  • Web survey

Area covered by the consultation?

  • Whole borough




Neil Hughes, Accountancy Manager


Corporate Finance, Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough YO11 2HG


01723 232357



How will the results be used?

  • The results will be used to inform the decision taken by the council on its budget for 2019/20

Outcomes of the consultation

  • Finding of the survey will be posted here in April 2019