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Budget that puts residents first in unprecedented times outlined by Cornwall Council

A draft budget which prioritises critical frontline services, the most vulnerable residents and investment in Cornwall’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic in the face of unprecedented financial uncertainty is outlined in papers for when Cornwall Council’s cabinet meets next week.

The papers show how the authority will focus on delivery of services, structuring the organisation to ensure maximum efficiency while protecting the most vulnerable, supporting our businesses and growing our local economy.

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The outline budget for 2021/22, which will now go out for consultation, proposes a council tax increase of 1.99%.  At present, the Government has yet to announce if the previous 2% precept for adult social care will also be applied to next year’s bills.

Sound financial management over previous years has left Cornwall Council in a much healthier position than many local authorities, but still facing a considerable funding gap as demand continues to outstrip the predicted growth in income.

The budget, which looks ahead at the next four years, is being drawn up before the Government has confirmed funding levels for local authorities the next three years.

Council leader Julian German said:  “This is one of the toughest budgets we have ever had to draw up.  The financial impact of the pandemic has been huge, and we can see that fundamental changes to the way we work will be required if we are to meet residents’ needs.

“Cornwall Council has a strong committed workforce, who have put residents first in the response to the pandemic in recent months and we will be working with them to redesign services to ensure they are delivered as efficiently as possible, while recognising that the use of technology is not always the answer for some residents.

“This is not a new challenge for us.  We have already made £380 million of savings over the past decade, and have done so while investing in your priorities, such as roads, children’s services and housing for local people. 

“We now have to make substantial further savings, but I am proud to be able to present a draft budget  which prioritises investment to frontline services, protecting the most vulnerable, supporting our businesses and growing our local economy through a time of unprecedented financial challenge.

“I will also continue to lobby the Government to ensure we are given clarity over our funding for the next three years, and to ensure the Prime Minister lives up to his promise of levelling up our economy by ensuring Cornwall receives fairer funding, and does not continue to lose out to more urban-focussed authorities.

“We face difficult decisions, but we will continue to listen to our residents and use our resources wisely to secure the future for one and all.”

The cabinet will meet via Microsoft Teams to discuss the proposals next Wednesday (16 Sept) at 10am.  You can watch proceedings live via our website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A draft budget which prioritises critical frontline services, the most vulnerable residents and investment in Cornwall’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic in the face of unprecedented financial uncertainty is outlined in papers for when Cornwall Council’s cabinet meets next week.

The papers show how the authority will focus on delivery of services, structuring the organisation to ensure maximum efficiency while protecting the most vulnerable, supporting our businesses and growing our local economy.

The outline budget for 2021/22, which will now go out for consultation, proposes a council tax increase of 1.99%.  At present, the Government has yet to announce if the previous 2% precept for adult social care will also be applied to next year’s bills.

Sound financial management over previous years has left Cornwall Council in a much healthier position than many local authorities, but still facing a considerable funding gap as demand continues to outstrip the predicted growth in income.

The budget, which looks ahead at the next four years, is being drawn up before the Government has confirmed funding levels for local authorities the next three years.

Council leader Julian German said:  “This is one of the toughest budgets we have ever had to draw up.  The financial impact of the pandemic has been huge, and we can see that fundamental changes to the way we work will be required if we are to meet residents’ needs.

“Cornwall Council has a strong committed workforce, who have put residents first in the response to the pandemic in recent months and we will be working with them to redesign services to ensure they are delivered as efficiently as possible, while recognising that the use of technology is not always the answer for some residents.

“This is not a new challenge for us.  We have already made £380 million of savings over the past decade, and have done so while investing in your priorities, such as roads, children’s services and housing for local people.

“We now have to make substantial further savings, but I am proud to be able to present a draft budget  which prioritises investment to frontline services, protecting the most vulnerable, supporting our businesses and growing our local economy through a time of unprecedented financial challenge.

“I will also continue to lobby the Government to ensure we are given clarity over our funding for the next three years, and to ensure the Prime Minister lives up to his promise of levelling up our economy by ensuring Cornwall receives fairer funding, and does not continue to lose out to more urban-focussed authorities.

“We face difficult decisions, but we will continue to listen to our residents and use our resources wisely to secure the future for one and all.”

The cabinet will meet via Microsoft Teams to discuss the proposals next Wednesday (16 Sept) at 10am.  You can watch proceedings live via our website here.