Budget 2019-2020


Budget simple costs funding chart

Newport City Council is planning for the next five years' spending on the hundreds of services it delivers against a backdrop of ever-increasing demands and no increase in Welsh Government funding.

Budget challenge 16m In 2019/20 the council faces a shortfall of over £15 million to fund the same level of services.
 Budget council tax  simple chart

More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of the council’s budget is funded by a grant from the Welsh Government.

The balance is funded by council tax. For every one per cent cut in Welsh Government grant, council tax would have to increase by four per cent to maintain the same spending levels.


Increasing demands faced by the council include:

 2018_09_005 adult social care increase

An ageing population, more dependent on care, requiring more complex and expensive support to help people stay in their own homes.

Care costs have risen from £33 million in 2015/16 to a forecasted £39 million this year.

 Budget increase in children_2 Since 2015/16, a 108 per cent increase in the number of children being given care placements outside Newport and a 72 per cent increase in the number of children in independent fostering arrangements 
 Budget additional pupils_ 850 more pupils than three years ago, 191 more pupils with additional learning needs and three more schools to run.


Like councils across the country, Newport has been dealing with the impact of austerity and tightening budgets for several years.

The council has taken significant steps so it can continue to provide frontline services while the city’s council tax payers have among the lowest bills in Wales.

 2018_09_005 Piggy 45m Over the past five years, the council has saved a total  of £45 million.
 2018_09_005 staff reduction  The council’s workforce has reduced by almost a quarter over the last five years


Despite this, it is likely that more savings will have to be made for the future. 

      Budget 40M BRIEFCASE            

It is estimated that the council will have to save at least £40 million over the next four years.

Our budget presentation provides more information on how the council spends its money and the challenges being faced. 

Budget proposals 

Later this year, the council will publish its budget proposals for 2019/20 as part of its consultation.

Check this page for information about how you can join the budget conversation.

Updates about the budget will appear here and on our social media channels.