Serving Hampshire - Strategic Plan for 2017 - 2021

Hampshire County Council is the democratic body that serves the residents and businesses of the whole of Hampshire.

The County Council spends around £1.9 billion a year on serving Hampshire's 1.3 million residents. We are responsible for 80% of spend on council services in Hampshire.

Residents have told us they support our financial strategy. It has served the county well. We have kept Council Tax down and delivered value for money for Hampshire residents. This has enabled us to sustain some of the strongest public services in the country.

Demand for our services is increasing but Government is reducing the money it gives us to pay for services. Over the next four years, we want to work with the people of Hampshire to meet the financial challenges we face and improve outcomes further.

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Our four strategic aims

We will keep our residents at the heart of everything we do

This means we will:

  • engage, inform and involve residents
  • develop accessible and efficient online services
  • work closely with our partners
  • use taxpayers' money wisely
  • enable people to do more for themselves
  • respond flexibly to people's needs
  • value people's differences
  • keep improving

Key facts and challenges

We have significantly improved outcomes for people in Hampshire and remained a high performing local authority, where other councils have declined. 

Every year in Hampshire we look after:

  • 8,000 km
  • of roads and 4,600km of paths
  • 2,000+
  • road bridges
  • 150,000
  • street lights
  • Every year we serve a population of
  • 1.32 million people
  • expected to grow to 1.43 million by 2024 - an 8.1% increase on 2014
  • The number of over 65s will increase to
  • 338,000 by 2024
  • up from 274,000 in 2014