What we spend

Cornwall Council net revenue budget 2013/2014

Gross expenditure = total amount of money we spend

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Net expenditure = Amount we spend less income from fees, charges and ceratin grants

The Council's net revenue budget is made up of gross expenditure of £1,163.181m.

This is split as follows:

  • Children, schools and families - Gross £373.808m.
  • Resources - Gross £247.795m.
  • Adult care and support - £222.015m.
  • Environment, planning and economy -  Gross £155.762m.
  • Other corporate items - Gross £87.545m.
  • Chief Executive's department - Gross £46.697m.
  • Community safety and protection - Gross £32.979m

For 2013/14 we plan to spend £1,166.601m (gross) on providing service to 532,273 people living in Cornwall. That is equivilent to £2,191.73 per person. The gross expenditure includes an adjustment of £45.004m to reflect changes in Council Tax Benefit and the 2012/13 figures have been restated accordingly.

The Cornwall Council element of the council tax has been frozen for the third year running. You will, however, notice an increase in your bill. This is due to the Police and Crime Commissioner increasing the policing budget for Devon and Cornwall by 2% and some of the local town and parish councils increasing their budgets.

There have been changes to the services grouped under each department since last year. The figures for 2012/2013 have therefore been restated to reflect this.

Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing: Adult Care, Public Health, Leisure.
Children, Schools and Families: Children, Schools and Families, Adult Education.
Environment: Property, Environment, Transportation, Waste, Car Parking.
Community Safety and Protection: Fire and Community Safety, Public Health and Protection.
Resources: Finance, IT, Legal, Democratic Services, Elections, Procurement, Private Finance Initiative (PFI), Shared Services.
Chief Executive’s Directorate: Strategy, Localism and Communications, People and
Organisational Development, Economic Development, Newquay Airport, Creative Services,Housing, Planning and Regeneration.
Other Corporate Items: Items that are not specific to individual services, such as capital
financing and the contingency budget.

The employment of agency staff is strictly controlled and is only used to cover sickness, seasonal work, short term projects and in key areas where it has proved difficult to recruit permanent members of staff. The Council is committed to reducing the use of agency workers and is introducing a range of initiatives to help retain its skilled staff. These include investing in training and staff development. However the size of the Council means that it will still require some resources to provide flexibility.

Over the past eighteen months the Council has employed a small number of staff from outside the organisation where there has been a specific need for a temporary appointment or to obtain specialist knowledge or skills. The temporary employment of interims has enabled the Council to make rapid progress in improving and integrating services and generate savings without permanently increasing its workforce.  Such staff do not receive payments for weekends or holidays and are not able to claim severance payments when their period of employment comes to an end. We have substantially reduced the number of interim appointments over recent months and will continue to do so as we bring services together.

The Council has reduced the amount of money it spends on using consultants by more than 30% of the past two years and only uses them when in house skills or resources are not available or when it is required to use them for externally funded projects. It is, however, important to recognise that the appropriate use of consultants provides the Council with access to specific professional and technical expertise, advice and support which is then shared with Council staff. This was particularly evident during the creation of the new unitary Council in 2008 / 2009. We are continuing to closely monitor the use of consultants and are committed to reducing the number we use as much as possible.