Budget 2024-2025

What are statutory services?

Budget 2024 website banner

Certain services provided by the council have to be provided by law. These are known as statutory services and can include: education services, children’s safeguarding and social care, adult social care, general and recycled waste collection, planning and housing services, public protection, road maintenance and library services. The level of statutory service provided is, in some instances, down to local choice but is prescribed by Government in other cases.

Others are not required by law. These are called non-statutory or discretionary services and can include: children’s centres, planning enforcement, garden waste collection, theatres and some leisure services. These will be important to some of us, and many are important in helping people avoid reliance on statutory services like social care in the future.