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The performance table shows the 2018-19 year-end performance against targets in March 2019. 

Number of performance measuresGreen (achieved on or above target)Amber (almost reached - within five per cent of target)Red (not yet achieved - beyond five per cent of target)Data not currently available
162 63 21 40 38
100 per cent 39 per cent 13 per cent 25 per cent 23 per cent

We have a four-year performance framework, which ensures that residents can access clear up-to-date information on measures that track the Council’s performance in delivering key services. We consistently set challenging targets to promote the achievement of high standards that residents expect and put in place action plans to bring things back on track.

Full information on the measures contained within this report, and the associated plans, are available at the Council’s performance website:

Performance Cheshire West

Financial performance

Council expenditure

A wide range of services were delivered to residents. The Council incurred expenditure of just over £599 million, while schools, which manage their own expenditure, spent just over £199 million. All costs are tightly managed and the strength of arrangements for ensuring value for money were recently externally verified.

Council expenditure
 Service areas£000  per centServices included
Children's Services  143,316  24  Education, children's social care
Adult Social Care and Health  139,647  23  Care for elderly and vulnerable adults
Places  112,134  19  Highways, waste, libraries, regeneration
Local Authority Housing (HRA)  19,458  3  Housing provision in Ellesmere Port
Corporate Services  112,626  19  Support functions, capital financing
Housing Benefits  71,873  12  Benefits payments
Gross expenditure599,054  
Managed by schools  198,761  33  Held by individual schools

Capital investment

The Council has invested more than £72 million in capital assets and infrastructure including supporting the following projects.

Capital investment
 ProgrammeInvestment £000
Highways and transport infrastructure  14,000
Culture and leisure projects  6,500
Investment in housing schemes  7,300
Progression of major regeneration schemes  8,400
School improvement  11,000

2018-19 has seen investment in a number of major projects, including the progression of large regeneration schemes like Winsford Cross Shopping Centre and the Northgate area of Chester as well as a large number of school improvement schemes.

£14m has been invested in highways and transport across the borough through the Local Transport Plan, Highways Asset Recovery programme and ongoing highway maintenance.

Financial standing

The balance sheet shows the Council’s financial standing on the last day of the financial year (31 March 2019). The net worth of the Council was £742 million.

Financial standing
 Assets and liabilities £000
Building, land and equipment  1,523,138
Cash, investments and other assets  54,699
Money owed to the Council  63,916
Money owed by the Council  -899,671
Total 742,082
 Financed by £000
Cash reserves  169,321
Non-cash reserves  572,761
Total 742,082

Further details of Council finances can be seen in its published accounts, which can be found in full at:

Budgets and finance

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