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The challenge

The council has saved £176 million since 2010. This has been through improving how we deliver our services, being more efficient and working with our partners. At the same time 64% of our core government funding has been cut.

We are facing further reductions, an uncertain economy and a 10% rise in our population (to 350,000) by 2022. That’s an extra 22 residents every day.

It means some tough choices will have to be made if we want to maintain good quality services and to support our most vulnerable residents.


By 2022

  • The number of children and young people is expected to rise by 7% 
  • We are expected to need another 3000 school places
  • We are expecting a 11% increase in the number of residents with a limiting health problem or disability 
  • Our population is expected to increase by 10%
  • The number of older people is expected to rise 13%
  • We expect to have a 5% increase in waste that we need to collect