Key Facts
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:37

Key Facts about the County Council


*   Provides around 80% of local government services to over 800,000 people living across West Sussex’s 770 square miles. 

*   Looks after 2,480 miles of roads. 

*   Provides community care totalling £1.1m a week. 

*   Provides social care to around 19,000 adults and older people annually, including about 46,000 hours of home care each week. 

*   Provides education for over 103,949 children and young people aged 4 to 19 in 287 schools. 

*   Maintains 2,500 miles of public rights of way and cycle routes. 

*   Runs 25 fire stations. 

*   Presents the ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ road safety show to around 8,000 17–24 year old students to help cut the number of young people involved in road traffic collisions. 

*   Deals with around 415,000 tonnes of your household waste. 

*   Trading Standards helps over 15,000 people get a fair deal. 

*   Maintains 62,000 street lights and 11,000 illuminated traffic signs. 

*   Provides 36 libraries, two mobile libraries, and support for over 20 Help Points. 

*   Supports over 400 children and young people with severe disabilities. 

*   Supports over 600 early education and childcare places in the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors; and over 1100 child-minders. 

*   Delivers 36 Children and Family Centres in partnership with other statutory and voluntary organisations.


Key Financial Facts 2013


*   The Budget for 2013 - 14 is £535 million.

           The 4 big spending areas, detailed below, total £448 million which is equal to 84% of the budget.

            Children’s and Families £84 million.

            Communities Environment and Enterprise £91 million.

            Health and Adult Social Care £199 million.

            Highways and Transport £74 million


*   Reserves currently at £216 million (reducing to £177m. in 2014-15).

           Most of the reserves are earmarked for major projects such as the Waste contract.

           £17.8 million is un-earmarked for emergency events. This is below the national average.


*   Capital Investment will total £145 million in the coming tax year. This will include the New Millais School and additional school classrooms across the County to accommodate increasing pupil numbers of about 3,500 x 5 year olds over the next two years.


*   Council Tax. No increase for the last 3 years = 9% cut in Council Tax.


County Council Administrative Offices:

          October 1210 – 2011 reduced from 49 to 36

          2012 reduced from 36 to 20

          2012 to 2013 reduced from 20 to 12.


*   We will reduce to 3 administrative centres in 8 buildings:

          County Hall, Chichester (5 building in total)

          Call Centre – Bognor Regis

          County Hall North, Horsham

          Crawley Library

          Centenary House, Worthing.


*   Additional Functions: We manage £300m cash through our Treasury Management operation, and £2 billion via our Pension Fund.


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