Winchester's Budget Challenge
Welcome to Winchester City Council's online Budget Simulator.
This is your opportunity to have your say and experience for yourself the challenges the council faces.
The Council needs to find almost £5m of savings over the next three years to achieve a balanced budget in 2022/23.
Our budget simulator is easy to use and allows you to reduce spending across council services and see the impact or consequences of your choices. You will also have the opportunity to give us your comments and ideas. This will help us to understand what is important to you when we make our budget proposals later this year.
Please click on the ‘more info’ button to find out how the budget simulator works.
Here’s what you need to know about the simulator:
Please note that the Council's total budget in 2019/20 is £23.54M . However, quite a lot of this budget includes items that cannot be reduced such as levies that we pay to external organisations or the costs of funding the Council’s assets, so these have been excluded from the simulator.
This budget simulator is based on a four year model. Therefore the percentage increases on the council tax and fees and charges sections have been multiplied by four, for example:
• A 4% increase is equal to 1% per year
• An 8% increase is equal to 2% per year
• A 12% increase is equal to 3% per year
• A 40% increase is equal to 10% per year
To get started
•Simply click on the “Create Your Budget” button
•At the top of the page you will see the total expenses figure, the overspend in pounds and the over budget percentage. The overspend figure and budget percentage will increase or decrease depending on the decisions you make – the aim is to get it £0!
•To start the budget simulator please select a group of services from the panel on the left
•You will see a list of service areas within that group - for more information on each of the services just click on the 'i' button next to the service area title
•The slide is set to 0%. Slide the scale up or down to increase or reduce the budget in that area
•For each decision you make you will be informed of the potential consequences of reducing or increasing the budget in that particular area – please be aware that the consequences are for demonstration purposes only
•Once you’ve balanced the budget click submit
• After you have submitted your budget you will have the opportunity to give us any additional comments and ideas