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Cornwall Council’s cabinet prioritise critical frontline services for residents

Cornwall Council Cabinet met today (16 September) to discuss the council’s draft budget proposals which will prioritise critical frontline services, the most vulnerable residents, and investment in Cornwall’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic in the face of unprecedented financial uncertainty. 

Despite the pandemic, Cornwall Councillors have still been able to regularly meet online to make sure that the democratic process is followed and important decisions that make a difference to the lives of Cornwall’s residents are still made.  

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At this session, Cabinet considered a draft budget for 2021/22 which will now go out to the public for consultation. It 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.

Leader of Cornwall Council, Cllr Julian German said: “This budget has had to take into account the huge financial impact of the pandemic and we have had to make some really tough choices. We reiterate our call on government to fully fund the costs and loss of income from Covid which has hit the council hard. At the heart of it though are the needs of our residents, and we will be redesigning our services to make sure we protect our most vulnerable. 

“Part of this plan is looking at the cost of running the council, considering the use of our buildings and making sure our services are run as efficiently as possible.” 

Also on the agenda was a plan to continue transforming the way that adult social care services are delivered. The service has adapted quickly over the last few months in order to accommodate the rise in demand due to Covid-19. The paper presented to Cabinet focused on services that support people to live as independently as they can, in their own home, for as long as possible. 

Cabinet also discussed options for being able to recycle more materials at Cornwall’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s). Part of the proposals consider introducing a service to reuse items where possible to try to cut down on the amount of waste sent to landfill. 

The paper also recommends a trial of extension of opening hours to the HWRC’s, as well as introducing an awareness raising campaign so that people are aware of the correct ways to separate materials and dispose of them correctly.  

The papers considered by Cabinet can be found on Cornwall Council’s website

Story created on 16 September 2020