Budget Consultation 2022/2023

Budget Consultation 2022/2023

Cumbria County Council continues to provide more than 600 services for approximately 500,000 residents. From gritting roads to looking after vulnerable people, hundreds of council services are delivered every single day. The County Council works 24 hours a day to keep the county and its residents safe and well, especially in times of crisis such as the COVID-19 global pandemic and during other incidents such as extreme weather events. All around you are a wide range of essential support services provided to you by the County Council including Fire and Rescue Services, highways maintenance, libraries, registrars, care services and many more. We also support schools across the county.

Budget Consultation Booklet (PDF 2MB)

We now need to seek your views on our plans to:

  • a) increase our Council Tax by 1.99%; and
  • b) increase our Council Tax by an additional 1% for the Adult Social Care Precept.

As we have said this is difficult for us as we know some residents are facing financial challenges and uncertainty about their future. However, we have a legal requirement to set a balanced budget and to provide essential services to those in need. 

For the last six years now, Cumbria County Council has worked hard to keep any increase to a minimum. We have increased general Council Tax by just 1.99% during that time.


A 1.99% increase in the general Council Tax on a Band D Property is £29.81 per year (57p per week). Then a 1% increase in the Adult Social Care Precept would be £14.98 per year (29p per week). The Council Tax payable per Band D property was £1,498.04 in 2021/22, this would increase to £1,542.83 in 2022/23. If both proposals (the 1.99% increase in the general Council Tax and the additional 1% increase in the Adult Social Care Precept) are agreed then the increase in total would be £44.79 for the year (86p per week). For every 1% increase this generates around £2.6 million to be spent on Council services.