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How we spend your Council Tax

The council provides a wide range of services. Most of our funding comes from central government.

In a typical year, we will spend our budget on:

  • teaching nearly 25,000 primary pupils in our new schools
  • teaching 18,500 secondary school pupils in new school buildings
  • providing around 7,000 Early Learning and childcare places
  • caring for nearly 3,500 older people at home
  • looking after 1,800 older people in care homes
  • collecting waste from 148,000 households every week
  • maintaining 2295km (1426 miles) of roads

Council Tax is not spent on maintaining council homes, which are funded entirely by tenant rents.