Cornwall Council budget engagement 2014
Thank you to everyone who took part in our online budget conversation with Alex Folkes, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Finance
The live chat has now closed but you can read the comments made during the conversation and Alex's responses in the window below, by clicking replay.
There are also some short videos about our budget engagement, the numbers of councillors, devolving our servicdes, Cornwall Council reserves, Newquay Cornwall Airport and sharing our offices.
Have your say on Cornwall Council's budget for next year and beyond
You may be aware of the significant budget challenges that Cornwall Council, along with most other Councils across the country, is trying to manage. By 2018/19 we will have to make savings totalling £196 million
With such a huge challenge, we face the unenviable task of having to decide where and how to reduce our services or increase income and to do this we need to hear from our partners, businesses and communities about which services they believe should be a priority.
Printed copies of the draft budget papers are available to view in one stop shops and libraries.
We are holding public meetings during October in each of our community network areas. The meetings will provide you with an opportunity to hear about our budget challenges and discuss your needs and priorities.
Please see our calendar of public events to find a meeting near you
If you cannot attend one of our budget events, you can use our online form to let us know your views on the draft budget proposals.
Easy Read: We have produced an Easy Read budget information leaflet for people with learning disabilities.
We are not taking this work lightly and we want as many people as possible to be involved in our budget discussions. We will be meeting with partners and local groups and organisations to hear their views as well.
Since 2010 the Council has made savings of £170 million, partially through becoming a Unitary Authority - merging seven councils into one. Last year the Council asked partners and the public where they thought the Council could make savings and what people told us was shared with Cabinet to help inform their budget setting for 2014/15.