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Budget proposals on the agenda at next week’s Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council will meet on Tuesday 25 February for final approval of the budget for 2020/21 to ensure delivery of essential services that work for every resident of Cornwall.

The proposals, approved by Cornwall Council’s cabinet last week, would see council tax rise by 1.99 per cent, plus the Government's two per cent precept ringfenced for adult social care services.

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The cabinet’s budget proposals would keep council tax rates well below the England average and make Cornwall’s bills among the lowest in the south west.

This is against a backdrop of ever-growing pressures on Cornwall Council’s finances and uncertainty about government’s future funding arrangements for local government.

Over the last ten years, the Council has made around £380 million of savings, with significant savings to be made over the next four years, whist continuing to make the case to government for fairer funding for Cornwall’s residents.

At Tuesday’s meeting, members will also consider the council’s business plan and the medium term financial plan 2020/21 – 2023/24.

Members will also be given an overview of the capital programme, which outlines major strategic projects which are fully or part-funded by Cornwall Council to support the priorities of residents, create jobs and boost the economy.

The report to members will include recent decisions from cabinet and seek the formal approval from Council for the overall increase to the programme for the funding of those projects.

Cornwall Council will meet at Lys Kernow on Tuesday, February 25 at 10.30am.  Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, or you can watch live via our webcast.