Current, past and future revenue budget and capital programme.

Budget consultation

We're running a consultation to gather Bristol residents' views on council tax in the coming financial year and other proposals to help balance the council’s budget.

Proposals in the proposed budget aim to bridge a funding gap of £32 million over the next five years as we seek to set a balanced and legal budget.

The consultation is running from 9 November until 21 December 2023.

Budget documents for 2023/24

Budget report, 2023/24

Budget documents for 2022/23

pdf Budget report, 2022/23 (756 KB)

Budget documents for 2020/21

Medium term financial plan 2017/18 to 2021/22 and capital strategy

The medium term financial plan and capital strategy are key financial planning documents. They form part of our policy and budget framework, as set out in our constitution.  

They give a reference point for executive decision making and make sure we can balance our financial resources and delivery of the priorities in our corporate strategy.

Budget documents

Before the start of each financial year, we need to set a budget for our day-to-day expenditure. This is called the Revenue Budget and is the amount of money we'll need to provide our services during the year, taking into account grants we receive from the Government. Examples include staff salaries, building maintenance and the costs of running council vehicles.

It's a legal requirement for us to set a balanced budget i.e. expenditure can't be more than our income.

Capital expenditure is usually spending of a 'one-off' nature and results in the construction or improvement of an asset such as a building or car park.

These are the approved revenue and capital budgets and information relating to the council's medium term spending plans.

Budget documents for 2019/20

Revenue Budget and Capital Programme documents 2012 to 2017

Contact information

Corporate Finance

Finance (CH)
Bristol City Council
PO Box 3399
Bristol BS1 9NE