Cheshire East Council Budget

Cheshire East Council's medium-term financial strategy 2022-2026

Cheshire East Council met on 24 February 2022 and agreed the Medium-Term Financial Strategy Report for 2022/23 to 2025/26.

The report provides detailed information on the issues facing the Council in the medium term and shows how these are being addressed to present a balanced financial position for the 2022/23 financial year.

The appendix to the report entitled the Medium-Term Financial Strategy 2022-26 (PDF, 3.8MB), features:

  • An Executive Summary
  • The detailed Medium-Term Financial Strategy Report

Section 1 sets out the strategic overview for each of our Corporate Plan aims and more details of the actions each service area will be taking over the next four years to deliver these. 

Section 2 of the report sets out how the Council’s expenditure will be funded from Government grants, Business Rates and Council Tax. This includes details of the 2.99% increase in Council Tax for 2022/23 (including 1% ring-fenced specifically for Adult Social Care).

The annexes to the report provide supporting information including line by line detail of the grants, policy changes and capital schemes that have been agreed as part of the Budget package. The latest Reserves Strategy, Investment Strategy and Treasury Management Strategy is also provided.

Budget Consultation - April 2022 to March 2023

Cheshire East Council is inviting opinions and views from residents, businesses, councillors, staff, town and parish councils, local community groups and other stakeholders on the council’s budget for the next financial year. 

Increased demand for vital services is seeing the council propose an annual council tax increase of 1.99 per cent for the next four years. As well as this, the government are expecting councils to increase council tax by a further 1 per cent to contribute to adult social care, taking it to an annual 2.99 per cent increase. 

Set against a backdrop of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, increasing demand for vital services, the need for local action to combat climate change, and rising costs – the council’s budget consultation sets out service proposals and financial plans for the period from 1 April 2022 through to 31 March 2023. 

The proposals show a balanced four-year budget to deliver the council’s corporate plan priorities. It also outlines significant financial challenges that the council must tackle over the next year, including rapidly rising demand and costs for adult social care and those that are a result of the ongoing pandemic. 

For more information and to have your say on our budget consultation, visit: 

The budget consultation runs until 4 January 2022.

You can view and download a copy of this year's budget engagement document (PDF, 843KB)

Page last reviewed: 24 November 2021