Gateshead Council has a statutory requirement to approve and monitor the annual Council Budget and set the Council Tax. In doing this the Council aims to ensure that Service Managers have the necessary resources to deliver the Council's priorities. By law, the budget requirements and council tax levels have to be determined by the end of February each year. Members of the public are consulted about the budget priorities before the budget is set by way of surveys and seminars with local groups and forums.
More information about the Council's finances is available in the following reports and publications: