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Council Plan and Budget 2018 to 2022

Birmingham is experiencing one of its most exciting periods of regeneration and development in recent times.

We aim to be a city of growth where every child, citizen and place matters - and Birmingham City Council wants to make a positive difference, every day, to people’s lives. This underpins everything we do, whether that’s setting our priorities, making decisions or delivering services.

Our priorities

Guided by the present situation – with a rising demand for services (especially adult social care), financial pressures and the need to invest in children’s services – we plan to focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • Birmingham is an entrepreneurial city to learn, work and invest in
  • Birmingham is an aspirational city to grow up in
  • Birmingham is a fulfilling city to age well in
  • Birmingham is a great city to live in
  • Birmingham residents gain the maximum benefit from hosting the Commonwealth Games
  • Birmingham is a city that takes a leading role in tackling climate change

The council is just one key player in achieving these priorities. Over the next few years, our financial situation remains challenging so our role in the city needs to change. One of the biggest shifts we’ll need to make is to move from directly delivering services to a position where we use our resources to enable and facilitate others. This means a much greater focus on collaboration and partnerships.

We see the council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of decent services for all, so we can focus on supporting those least able to support themselves. And we’ll work with partners and put citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

The resources to deliver these priorities

Council tax

There will be a rise of 2.99 per cent in the council’s base element of the council tax for 2019 to 2020. In addition, in recognition of particular pressures in adult social care there will be a further 2 per cent rise for the adult social care precept, which will contribute towards increasing adult social care costs. In total, this is a rise of 4.99 per cent. Read the Council Tax help and information notes.

Our previous Financial Plans

You can download the last three years below:

2018 to 2019 budget

2017 to 2018 budget

2016 to 2017 budget

Previous years financial plans


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