Cardiff council sets out plans for service cuts to fill £35m budget blackhole

Cardiff council has set out an array of cuts to public services along with a 4.3% hike in council tax and capping school’s budget growth as the authority needs to make £35m to plug a funding gap.

The local authority faces a budget gap of £93m over the next three years and needs £36.8m extra funding to maintain is frontline services at current levels just for the next year, but has received just £1.6m extra funding from the Welsh Government.

The cuts proposed in the council’s budget consultation include raising council tax rising by 4.3%, increasing a number of charges for public services such as burials and cremations, and automating customer enquiries.

Cardiff council said 65% of its current £609m budget is spent on schools and social services, with both experiencing surges in demand as the capital’s population grows.

It says other areas of the budget, such as council tax support, “cannot readily be cut,” which means that the majority of savings have to come from service budgets totalling just £113m, which is why it is cutting school budgets by £3.6m relative to rising costs.

The council said it has already made cumulative savings of almost a quarter of a billion pounds over the last 10 years to balance its books, with over 1,600 full-time employees leaving the authority as part of budget savings in the last six years.

It is now urging residents to give their feedback on the new saving proposals, which also include securing a new theatre tenant for the New Theatre to generate income, and looking at ways of reducing subsidies to major events in Cardiff.

Cllr Chris Weaver said: “I understand why people ask why we need to raise council tax, but without a rise we would have no choice but to cut services like parks, libraries or waste collections even further.”

“Balancing our ambitions for the city and the need to continue to cut budgets is a difficult act.”

The consultation will run for six weeks, starting on 16 November.

 Image credit - Leonid Andronov

Enjoying PSE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment


public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest news

View all News


Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >


Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Cleaner, greener, safer media: Increased ROI, decreased carbon

23/06/2020Cleaner, greener, safer media: Increased ROI, decreased carbon

Evolution is crucial in any business and Public Sector Executive is no different. Long before Covid-19 even became a thought in the back of our minds, the team at PS... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

public sector events

events calendar


August 2020

mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6

featured articles

View all News