In the next financial year (from April 2021 until March 2022), the Council expects to be spending £440million on its services and operations across Central Bedfordshire. This is known as the revenue budget and is largely funded by Council Tax and business rates.
The largest proportion of the funding is spent on more specialist services for those who are most in need of help, including those who are disabled, may need care services or protection. This includes services for children and young people as well as older or other vulnerable adults.
This budget also funds our core services. These include services that everyone has access to, such as refuse and recycling, roads, leisure, libraries, parks and countryside services.
Next year the Council plans to make specific investments to meet pressures in some key areas such as public health, social care, children’s services (including services for children with special educational needs/disabilities), as well as focusing on economic recovery and supporting job creation.
A further £128million is expected to be spent on schools, roads and other infrastructure projects. These infrastructure projects are funded from our capital budget. This is funded through loans or selling land or buildings the council owns and reinvesting this money. You can see the full detail of the capital budget on the website.