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Budget: What we spend and how we spend it

The budget includes the allocation of financial resources to different services and projects, proposed provisions and reserves, the Council tax base, setting the Council tax and decisions relating to the Council’s borrowing requirement, the control of its capital expenditure and the setting of virement limits.

The Council Budget Resolution for 2022/23 was agreed on 1st February 2022 and is set out in the document below:

Council Budget Resolution 1st February 2022



Budget Consultation

We have successfully achieved/identified over £9 million in transformational savings since 2010/11 and have a solid financial base in order to set our 2022/23 budget.

A saving requirement has been calculated of £2.050million in 2023/24.

The 2022/23 budget consultation period  has now ended 

How are we going to save money?

We are committed to protecting front-line services, such as waste and street cleaning, and especially to our most vulnerable residents, but we have to take some tough decisions about our services and future spending.

We are determined to protect important services by doing things differently, such as:

  • Working in partnership with other councils or organisations;
  • Buying in services (where it makes good financial sense);
  • Looking at transferring services to alternative providers and to community groups, if appropriate;
  • Focusing on raising more income from our own assets; and
  • Making our services even more efficient.

We welcome your views and suggestions as to how we can meet these financial challenges.

Where do we get our money from?

We collect £7.914 million from Council Tax which is only 11% of the overall Council Tax bill you pay or, for 2021/22, £4.26 per household per week for a Band D property.

We collect the remainder of your Council Tax bill on behalf of Cumbria County Council (75%), Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (14%) and Parish Councils.

Where does my money go? 

Your £4.26 per household (Band D) per week is spent in the following areas: 

Area Cost
Environmental and regulatory services 27p
Housing support 20p
Economic growth 31p
Green spaces 34p
Keeping Carlisle clean 38p
Refuse and recycling 76p
Leisure and culture £1.28p
Other - includes revenues,benefits,property,support and democratic services 72p
Total Spend £4.26p


A graphical view of our spending breakdown 


A graphical view of our spending breakdown as shown in the table above



You can contact us in the following ways, noting that the consultation for 2022/23 will end on 17th January 2022

By post to: The Chief Executive, Civic Centre, Carlisle, CA3 8QG or by email to [email protected] by 9am on 17th January 2022

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