Help us prioritise Plymouth's pounds

Have your say about how the Council's budget is prioritised

We need your views and ideas as we make important decisions about the future of local services in Plymouth.

In February we'll be setting a revenue budget of around £198 million that will enable the delivery of hundreds of local services for Plymouth residents during 2022/3.

We are also set to agree a five year capital budget for 2021 to 2026 of around £344.7 million to invest in projects that support the delivery of these services, help secure and create jobs for Plymouth residents, help provide more homes, improve the transport network in the city and reduce Plymouth's carbon footprint.

We are now in the process of identifying what services we can deliver with the resources available to us. Setting a revenue budget gets increasingly challenging each year as the Council's funding and income reduces, while demand for services and costs increase, particularly in areas such social care for adults and vulnerable children.

Providing care for the elderly and vulnerable adults children accounts for around 70 per cent of the Council's total revenue budget.

This graphic shows how our revenue budget is currently allocated:

We currently have a £20 million gap between our resources and the spending required to deliver services and we need to close it in order to set a balanced budget in February.

Our options are limited as we are required by law to deliver some services, including social care services that protect adults and children.

We are working hard to further reduce our costs without impacting on services, at the same time as looking at options for raising income. We have already identified some ways of reducing costs and raising income so we can balance the books but there is more work to do.

This is where we need your help. Please take part in our budget engagement and tell us the services that you would like us to prioritise and what you think about our current proposals for balancing the books for next year.

You can answer as many of the questions as you want to. What's important that is you have your say about what matters to you.