Budget engagement

Cornwall Council plays a huge part in many people’s lives – ensuring children and young people have the best start in life, protecting vulnerable people, maintaining a safe road system and helping to create a thriving economy.

Every year, we spend over a billion pounds providing public services that you, your family and friends use every day.

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However, Cornwall faces some big challenges. Our population is growing, people are generally living longer and the type of services that people need is changing. The cost of living is going up and as things become more expensive we also have higher costs.

Over the last 10 years, Cornwall Council has made savings of around £350 million to deal with increasing demands and rising costs at a time when grants from Government reduced significantly. Over the next four years, we need to reduce our spending by a further £70 million. Although meeting this target will be challenging, we are in a sound financial position and are not in the financial situation that a number of Councils are reporting.

We have adopted a rolling four year medium term financial plan.

  • The plan proposes a Council Tax rise of 3.99% for the next financial year from April 2019
  • It is expected that the £70 million savings target can be generated by working differently, efficiencies, and extra income from chargeable services such as licensing, planning or car parks. This means service reductions can be kept to a minimum
  • We will continue to drive efficiency savings and look at how services can be delivered differently. For example, leisure centres are now delivered through a local government charity GLL saving £3.5m a year
  • We will continue to lobby central Government for the funding, powers and flexibility to secure a sustainable future and make a positive difference to the people of Cornwall.

We would like to hear your views on our draft budget and get an understanding of your priorities, needs and aspirations for our services and your community.

You can let us know your views on our proposed budget for next year in several ways:

Online survey

Take part in our online survey and let us know:

  • how you would spend the budget
  • how much you would increase Council tax
  • if you support the principle of voluntary contributions

Complete the online survey

View and download a paper version of the survey questionnaire to complete and email back to us, by 17 December 2018, at


Please contact us if:

  • you need the survey and consultation information in another format or language, for example large print or easy read
  • you have any specific requirements to be able to participate in a public meeting, for example if are deaf or hearing impaired or need a sign language interpreter

Email: comments@cornwall.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 1234 100
Cornwall Council, County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY

Informal chats

We will be out and about, during October and November, talking to people in town centres in Truro, Falmouth, St Austell, Hayle, Perranporth, Camelford, Saltash, Callington, Roche, Launceston, Fowey, Penzance, Bude, Padstow, Bodmin, Newquay, Liskeard, Helston, and Camborne.

  • 2 October, 10am – 12pm: Truro, Pydar Street
  • 3 October, 10am – 12pm: Falmouth, The Moor Piazza
  • 5 October, 10am – 12pm: St Austell, White River Place
  • 9 October, 10am – 12pm: Hayle, Retail park
  • 10 October, 10am – 12pm: Perranporth, Sea front car park
  • 11 October, 10am – 12pm: Camelford, Market Place Band Stand
  • 16 October, 10am – 12pm: Saltash library or Waitrose (tbc)
  • 18 October, 2pm – 4pm: Callington, Tesco
  • 18 October, 2pm – 4pm: Roche, Co-op
  • 19 October, 10am – 12pm: Launceston, Town Square
  • 23 October, 10am – 12pm: Fowey, Church Gates
  • 24 October, 10am – 12pm: Penzance, Wharfside
  • 25 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Bude, Triangle

Community Network Panel meetings

We will also be attending Community Network Panel meetings this autumn. We will be updating the list below regularly, please check here before travelling to attend a meeting.

View Community Network Panel meetings schedule

  • 8 October: Bude Community Network Panel
  • 29 October: Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel
  • 6 November: Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel
  • 7 November: Helston Community Network Panel
  • 13 November: Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth
  • 15 November: Newquay Community Network Panel
  • 15 November: West Penwith Community Network Panel
  • 19 November: Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel
  • 20 November: Truro and the Roseland Community Network Panel
  • 22 November: St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel
  • 29 November: Wadebridge Community Network Panel hosting a Cluster meeting with Caradon and Bodmin Community Network Panels
  • 29 November: Camelford Community Network Panel
  • 3 December: Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel
  • 10 December: St Austell Community Network Panel hosting a cluster meeting with China Clay and St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panels
  • 13 December: Launceston Community Network Panel (tbc)

Read more about our draft budget