Liverpool Council's budget options 2023-24

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Liverpool City Council has published budget proposals to put it on a stable financial footing for the next three years.

The options on the table are a mix of savings, income generation suggestions and changes that will bring about a transformation of services. If approved, these proposals would allow the council to balance the books and close the £73 million budget gap.

The key themes of the budget proposals are:

Income generation - upping the Council Tax collection rate; improving the efficiency of council procurement of contracts; increasing rents for council buildings/assets; increasing some charges and extending the times of operation for on-street/council car parks.

Transforming services - a new model of assessment and care in Adult Services to strip out duplication; reducing reliance on B&B accommodation for people who find themselves homeless; the introduction of an early help and safeguarding model to support families in Children’s Services, reducing the number of children coming into care, and placing less children in residential children’s homes.

Savings - reviewing libraries and Lifestyles Fitness Centres; slimming down the cultural programme and funding for arts/culture grants; finding an operator to run the Cruise Liner Terminal and reducing the amount spent on the council’s welfare support schemes.

Our 2023/24 budget proposals

  • Improving our business efficiency - £40.1 million
  • Increasing our income - £10.1 million
  • Changing how we fund and provide services - £9.8 million
  • Reducing or stopping services - £10.1 million

Please note: the proposals total just over £70 million, so there is a remaining gap of £3 million.

Breakdown of savings per directorate

Click on the links below for more details of individual council directorates and their proposals. You will also find links to detailed budget options.

Budget survey

Please fill in our budget engagement survey, which is open until Friday 6th January 2023. 

Complete the budget engagement survey now 

Copies of the survey can also be found in One Stop Shops, libraries and Lifestyles Fitness Centres.

What happens next?

The budget proposals will be considered by the Cabinet on Thursday 24th November 2022, following which there will be engagement on the options with residents, stakeholders and staff, details of which will be added to this page.

A final set of proposals will be agreed in the new year, for consideration at a Budget Council meeting in March 2023.

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