Budgets and council tax lead the agenda at full Council meeting next week

Budget plans to protect vital frontline services for the most vulnerable and to ensure the ongoing delivery of adult social care, fire and rescue services and waste collections will be on the agenda at next week’s full council meeting at New County Hall.

The Cabinet-approved plans  for 2019/20 include a proposed 3.99% council tax increase, which would see an average Band B property increase by 88 pence per week. 

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The proposed 2019/20 budget will see vital services protected at a time when central government funding for the Council reduces, and includes:

  • an extra £17 million over the next four years to meet the increasing demand for social care for vulnerable adults
  • increasing funding for services for vulnerable children and families by 10%
  • investing an additional £30 million in our roads
  • putting an extra £10 million into pay packages through the council’s commitment to a genuine living wage for people in Cornwall
  • directly investing in homes and jobs that people in Cornwall need, with Cornwall Council being the number one area for the  delivery of affordable housing
  • protecting evening and weekend bus services for our residents and creating one of the best integrated rural transport services in the country with smart ticketing
  • almost £30m investment into digital improvements and the wider roll-out of superfast broadband across Cornwall.

Since its creation in 2009, Cornwall Council has already delivered around £350 million of savings, and expects further cuts of around £70 million will still need to be delivered.

Alongside the budget, the medium term business plan and the council’s capital investment programme are also on the agenda, along with next year’s estimated revenue for the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry, and the next steps to further improve Cornwall's road network with the creation of a St Austell to A30 link road.

The council will meet at New County Hall on Tuesday, 26 February at 10.30am.

Members of the public are welcome to attend council meetings in person or watch the meeting live via a webcast on the council’s website.

The Council also posts key information on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CornwallCouncil