Hard choices

Our Hard Choices survey closed in October 2010.

Over 1,000 people took part in our survey.  We analysed the results and presented them in a report to councillors

Alec Robertson, Leader of the Council, and his Cabinet carried out a series of events to hear from people about their views on our budget proposals.

Like all councils, we anticipated cuts in 2010 of around 30% in Government funding over the next four years. This means we had to find £110 million savings from 2011 onwards.

We faced some difficult decisions on how to reduce our costs and save money, while delivering the most efficient and effective local services.

The Government spending review in October meant a big reduction in how much we could spend over the next few years, so, we took a fresh look at everything we do and what things are most important.

We had already identified savings potential in rationalising our property estate, integrating services and better procurement. Inevitably some jobs have had to go too – but with our robust recruitment management and redeployment policies in place we managed to keep redundancies to a minimum.

We worked very hard to identify where savings could be made and identified a number of areas where we couljd save money. Thank you to everyone who completed our online survey, attended one of our public events or gave us their comments online. Your responses helped to inform the choices we made and are continuing to make around savings. 

Your views, ideas and opinions matter.

  • Creating efficiencies in our back office processes
  • Combining front line services where efficiencies can be made
  • Co-ordinating procurement across the Council to ensure goods and services that are purchased represent the best available value

Summary of How we were spending the money then

Summary of the evidence gathered on people and places in Cornwall: Understanding Cornwall - the key messages

Our community network profiles also provide information about our people and places in Cornwall: Community Network Profiles - information about the people and places in Cornwall

Other useful links:

 People followed the discussion on Twitter by using #CC