Consultation on the proposed budget for 2020/21

Consultation on the proposed budget for 2020/21

Start date: Friday 10th January 2020
End date: Friday 7th February 2020

What we are consulting on

The city council has £436m less to spend each year in real terms than it did in 2010 - equivalent to a 63% cut - due to reductions in funding from central government.

Through a combination of considerable effort, Government lobbying and invest to earn schemes the council has been able to significantly reduce the amount it needs to find in 2020/21 from frontline services by around half, down from £57.6m to around £30m.

We want to hear your views on the budget proposals which detail how this £30m could be found through savings and income in 2020/21.

The key budget proposals

  • Reduce the number of children in the most costly residential care placements by placing them in the council’s newly created children’s homes or in foster placements - saving £2m
  • Create a dedicated ‘edge of care’ team to reduce the number of teenagers coming into services and improve outcomes - saving £1m
  • Supported living transformation – ensure every individual is supported to live independently in appropriate accommodation with a personal budget - saving £2.5m
  • Review of NHS services commissioned through Public Health grant - saving £1.374m
  • Redesign of customer services strategy and model - saving £2m
  • Review and remodel of ICT service - saving £900k
  • A rise in council car parking charges - income £500k
  • Reassess adult social care packages, with all those affected to have a benefits check and means test financial assessment, with a review of options to increase existing client charges, remove charging cap and introduce new charges where appropriate - income £1 million

Detail of the proposals by service area

To read the detail of the proposals for cuts in each service area and an Equality Impact Assessment for each item, where available, please click on the links below. 

What are Equality Impact Assessments?

The Equality Impact Assessments are draft documents that give further detail on the budget options, together with the council’s initial view on the potential impacts on the public and protected groups.

They will be updated to take account of responses to this consultation and will then inform the council’s decisions on the options to be taken forward.

How to comment

We want to hear your views on the budget proposals for 2020/21.

No decisions have been made as yet, and final decisions will not be taken until all consultation responses have been fully considered.

Comment online now 

Alternatively, email your comments to or post them to Director of Finance and Resources, Liverpool City Council, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1AH.

All comments must be received by Friday 7th February 2020.

What happens next?

All comments received will be considered and included in a consultation report which will be taken into account by the council’s cabinet and the council’s budget meeting on 4th March 2020.

At that meeting the council will set the budget and decide which savings options which will be taken forward.

As set out in the details for each service area, some of the approved options will then be subject to a further detailed consultation with the public and appropriate stakeholders before a final decision is made on whether to implement them.

Further information

If you have any questions about this consultation or need further information, please email