Before the start of each financial year, the council has to set a budget for its day-to-day expenditure - the revenue budget. The council is required by law to set a balanced budget which means the expenditure cannot be more than the council’s income.
Neath Port Talbot Council’s budget for 2020-21 is £304.1m
Where does the money come from?
Where does the money go?
The council uses its budget to provide hundreds of different services to the residents of the county borough, some of which are highly visible, such as waste collection and road maintenance. Other services often go unseen, such as providing foster care for children, caring for older and vulnerable people, carrying out food hygiene inspections, a contribution to the Mid & West Wales Fire Service, and providing education for children with special needs.
Here is how every £100 of the council’s budget is spent:
- Schools and education £39
- Services for older people and protecting children & young people £28.80
- Financing major capital projects £6.60
- Council tax support £6.50
- Waste collection and recycling £4.50
- Maintaining roads, parks, bridges, streetlights, drainage etc. £4.30
- Contribution to the Mid & West Wales Fire Service £2.70
- Street cleaning, litter and dog wardens £1.60
- Transport, road safety, and winter & emergency response £1.60
- Leisure, culture and libraries £1.40
- Economic development, planning and business support £1.10
- Environmental Health and Trading Standards 70p
- Democratic services 60p
- Other council services 60p
There is more detail in the council’s Budget Report 2020-21 which you can download here: