Cheshire East Council's Finance and Performance Planning 2018 - 2021

Cheshire East Council's medium term financial strategy 2018 - 2021

Cheshire East Council met on 22 February 2018 and agreed the Medium Term Financial Strategy Report for 2018/19 to 2020/21.

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 2018/19 financial year.

The appendix to the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018/21 (PDF, 2MB), features:

  • an Executive Summary from the Finance and Communication Portfolio Holder
  • the detailed Medium Term Financial Strategy Report

Section 1 sets out the strategic overview for each outcome and more details of the actions each service area will be taking over the next three years to continue to deliver the Corporate Plan Outcomes.  These include:

Outcome 1

  • Review Environmental Enforcement Services and fly-tipping pilot
  • Increase in Community grants

Outcome 2

  • Reviewing the way the Council commissions and designs the subsidised bus network
  • The creation of a new investment portfolio
  • Investment in our HS2 Strategy

Outcome 3

  • Children’s services transport policy review
  • Growth in Care placements

Outcome 4

  • Review of the Highways contract
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre income generation and efficiencies
  • Implementing a car parking strategy for the Borough

Outcome 5

  • Investment in Adult Social Care
  • Commissioning all services currently provided by our in-house provider, Care4CE
  • Operational Pathway Redesign
  • Review and structure services to create efficiencies

Outcome 6

  • Continuing to make efficiency savings from support functions.

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 5.99% increase in Council Tax for 2018/19 (including 3% 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 is also provided.

The Medium Term Financial Strategy was considered by Cabinet on 6 February 2018. Following the recommendations from the Cabinet meeting, the Council also approved further amendments at their meeting on 22 February (partly due to the final local government settlement not being announced until 6 February). These amendments are included in the MTFS linked above.

Pre-Budget Consultation

Cheshire East Council has issued its Pre-Budget Consultation setting out proposals for change for the period 2018/19 to 2020/21.

This document provides an opportunity for interested parties to review and comment on the Council’s Budget proposals. 

The budget proposals described in this consultation document are Council wide proposals and the Council’s intention at this stage is that consultation is invited on the broad budget proposals. The implications of individual proposals may be much wider for individuals affected by each proposal. Where this is the case, the Council intends to undertake full and proper consultation with people who would potentially be affected by individual budget proposals.

Proposals in the report are focused on delivering the Council’s priority outcomes.

Outcome 1 – Our local communities are strong and supportive

Individuals and families are self-reliant and take personal responsibility for their quality of life. Communities are cohesive, with a strong sense of neighbourliness. There is genuine civic pride and mutual respect.

Outcome 2 – Cheshire East has a strong and resilient economy

We will invest in the building blocks that will allow business to grow, give our residents the right skills to secure employment and attract inward investment in to the Borough. By working together with business and our residents we will enhance the quality of place and create prosperity for all.

Outcome 3 – People have the life skills and education they need in order to thrive

Children and young people get a good start in life, and are prepared for the world of work. Everyone is equipped to live independent, self-sufficient lives, and to realise their particular talents and abilities.

Outcome 4 – Cheshire East is a green and sustainable place

Cheshire East’s rural and urban character is protected and enhanced through sensitive development, environmental management, transport and waste disposal policies.

Outcome 5 – People live well and for longer

Local people have healthy lifestyles and access to good cultural, leisure and recreational facilities. Care services focus on prevention, early intervention and physical and mental wellbeing.

Outcome 6 – A responsible, effective and efficient organisation

The Council serves the people of Cheshire East through: Ensuring quality and best value for local people, striving to get it right first time, and acting with integrity, being open, honest and accountable and delivering on our promises

Between November 2017 and 12 January 2018, residents, councillors, businesses, schools, unions and council staff will be able to have their say on the budget proposals.

The document contains a number of questions, providing people with an opportunity to give feedback on the various proposals. An on-line survey can be completed here, or you can alternatively give feedback by speaking to your local Councillor – visit Find Your Local Councillor for contact details.

You can also send any comments, queries or other responses, such as alternative areas for savings, to the email address below - all responses will be captured and reported to Cabinet Members and Council. When submitting a response or comment, please also include your name, organisation (if applicable) and contact details.

If you have any comments or queries please e-mail:

After this date, interested parties may still submit comments on the budget up to the Council meeting on Thursday, 22 February 2018 where the Budget is considered by all Members.