Council Budget and Spending

Budget Information

The Council approves revenue and capital budgets each year. The budget for the 2019-20 finacial year has been set.

The key part of the budget is the increase in council tax bills for 2019-20 of 2.99%. The increase is to meet the continuing demands of funding children's and adult social care services, an additional precept for the Liverpool City Region while tackling financial pressures caused by the Government's ongoing austerity programme. 

In the video below, Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher gives an insight into where the Council gets its funding, where it is spent and the pressures the Local Authority faces. Check out the following guide for a breakdown of where Sefton Council spends its budget and your Council Tax.


The latest Revenue Budgets for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 and the latest Capital Investment Plan are available to download below.

Efficiency Plan

The Council has approved the publication of an Efficiency Plan setting out what the Council intends to do to address the financial challenges posed over the medium term from 2016/2017 to 2019/2020.

The Efficiency Plan is available to download below.

Statement of Accounts
The annual Statement of Accounts reports on the Council’s financial position at the end of the year and transactions during the year.

You can download the latest Statement of Accounts for 2016/2017 below, as well as previous years. A summary version is also available to download from the list below.

Annual Audit Letter
The Council’s external auditors publish an Annual Audit Letter following the publication of the Statement of Accounts. This is presented to the Council’s Audit and Governance Committee.

Links to the most recent three years' letters are listed below.

Councillors' Allowances and Expenses
The Scheme of Members’ Allowances is made under powers conferred by Section 174 of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003.

The payment amounts and terms of the scheme are those recommended by an Independent Remuneration Panel, consisting of three non-Councillors. 

All Councillors receive a standard basic allowance to cover basic duties and all Council business travel within the borough.

Members may also be nominated to represent Sefton Council on outside bodies, such as the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority etc and may receive further allowances from these bodies. Further details are available from the individual body they represent.


Statement of Accounts 2018/19 (pdf 7.3MB)
Statement of Accounts 2018/19 - Executive Summary (pdf 323KB)
Statement of Accounts 2018 /19 public inspection notice (pdf 124KB)
Appointment of Auditor 2018/19 to 2022/23 (pdf 62KB)
Efficiency Plan 2016/17 to 2019/20 (pdf 327KB)
Adult Social Care Precept And Grant 2017/18 (pdf 99KB)
Sefton Budget Book 2015/16 to 2016/17 (pdf 652KB)
Capital Investment Plan (pdf 418KB)
Members Allowance Scheme (pdf 171KB)
Members Allowance Statement 2018/19 (pdf 187KB)
Members Allowance Statement 2017/18 (pdf 163KB)
Members Allowance Statement 2016/17 (pdf 332KB)
Members Allowance Statement 2015/16 (pdf 294KB)
Members Allowance Statement 2014/15 (pdf 235KB)
Members Allowance Statement 2013/14 (pdf 419KB)
Members Allowance Statement 2012/13 (pdf 564KB)
Members Allowance Statement 2011/12 (pdf 118KB)
Members Allowance Statement 2010/11 (pdf 92KB)
Statement of Accounts 2017/18 - Exec Summary (Post Audit) (pdf 323KB)
Statement of Accounts 2017/18 (pdf 6.73MB)
Completion of Audit Notice 2017/18 (pdf 117KB)
Statement of Accounts 2017 /18 public inspection notice (word 15KB)
Statement of Accounts 2016/17 Exec Summary (pdf 251KB)
Statement of Accounts 2016/17 (pdf 5.53MB)
Statement of Accounts 2015/16 Exec Summary (pdf 252KB)
Statement of Accounts 2015/16 (pdf 6.68MB)
Statement of Accounts 2014/15 Exec Summary (pdf 250KB)
Statement of Accounts 2014/15 (pdf 5.5MB)
Statement of Accounts 2013/14 Exec Summary (pdf 128KB)
Statement of Accounts 2013/14 (pdf 2.53MB)
Statement of Accounts 2012/13 Exec Summary (pdf 149KB)
Statement of Accounts 2012/13 (pdf 2.91MB)
Statement of Accounts 2011/12 Exec Summary (pdf 149KB)
Statement of Accounts 2011/12 (pdf 2.27MB)
Statement of Accounts 2010/11 Summary (pdf 91KB)
Statement of Accounts 2010/11 (pdf 2.55MB)

Last Updated on 01 March 2019