Budget 2021-2022

Budget proposals 

The council’s Cabinet has considered a draft budget for 2021/22 and how services could be delivered within the limited resources available.

The public consultation closed on 12 February 2021.

Read full details of the consultation proposals (pdf).

As the council is committed to being open and transparent, all cabinet member and head of service decisions are available to view, although are not subject to the full consultation. All responses will be considered by Cabinet ahead of their meeting on 22 February 2021.

View 22 February meeting agenda

View 8 January meeting agenda

View delegate decisions (pdf) 

2020 has been a very challenging year – not only has the Covid-19 affected the delivery of ‘business as usual’, it has further affected the demand on services and meant that the council has had to change the way it operates.

Budget simple costs funding chart

Newport City Council is planning for the next four years spending on the hundreds of services it delivers against a backdrop of ever-increasing demands.  

The council received a positive draft budget settlement in December. This is the amount of money we expect to receive from Welsh Government. The draft increase for Newport in 2021-22 is 5.6 per cent - £12.7m in cash terms and the highest increase in Wales.

More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of the council’s budget is funded by the grant from the Welsh Government.

Budget council tax  simple chart

More than three-quarters (76 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 £38 million in 2017/18 to a forecasted £45million this year.

Budget increase in children_2 A 55 per cent increase in the number of children in independent fostering arrangements since 2017/18.
Budget additional pupils_ 1,295 more pupils than three years ago, 68 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.

Piggy Over the past five years, the council has saved a total  of £35 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. 


It is estimated that the council will have to save at least £10 million over the next three years.