Budget engagement

Cornwall Council's budget position

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.

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

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.

The Business Plan, Budget 2019/20 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/2023 Update was considered by the Council's Cabinet on 19 September.

Read about when how Cornwall Council will consider and set the budget for 2019/20

The Council's Cabinet discussed the draft budget on 13 February 2019 and have agreed to a proposed 2019/20 budget which will protect vital frontline services for the most vulnerable residents in Cornwall, and a business and investment plan for a strong economy post Brexit.

Read our news release Cabinet supports budget proposals for 3.99% council tax increase to protect key services.

A final decision on the budget and the proposed 3.99% Council tax increase will be made at the full Council meeting on 26 February 2019. (Please note papers for full Council meetings are published approximately one week before the meeting takes place).

Our consultation for our 2019/20 budget is now closed

Our programme of budget consultation and engagement for 2019/20 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part and gave us their views on the draft budget, we appreciate and value your contribution in helping us make some of the difficult decisions that we face.

View our budget consultation and engagement feedback summary report
(please note this is a large document)

During our budget consultation we asked for views on our draft budget to get an understanding of priorities, needs and aspirations for our services and your community.

Our budget consultation and engagement report, that will be considered by the Council's Cabinet, Overview and Scrutiny Committees and Full Council during February, summarises the views and comments we received from residents, businesses, partners and stakeholders through our online survey, chats in town centres, Community Network Panel meetings, Stakeholder events and themed budget discussion groups.

You can read about the ways people in Cornwall were able to give us their views on the draft budget below.

Online survey

Our online survey was available on our website and asked:

  • Do you feel the Council delivers value for money for the services you use?
  • How would you spend the budget?
  • How would you raise additional money?
  • What Council Tax increase would you be prepared to pay to fund Council services?
  • In principle, would you be willing to pay an additional voluntary contribution to enable Cornwall Council to invest more money in local community groups and charities?
  • Do you have any comments about our draft budget proposals?

Informal chats in town centres

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

Community Network Panel meetings

We also attended Community Network Panel meetings this autumn. We attended Panel meetings in Bude; Camborne, Pool, Illogan & Redruth; Camelford; Caradon; China Clay cluster event with St Austell & Mevagissey, and St Blazey; Fowey & Lostwithiel; Cornwall Gateway; Falmouth & Penryn; Hayle & St Ives; Helston & South Kerrier; Launceston; Liskeard & Looe; Newquay & St Columb; St Agnes & Perranporth; Truro & Roseland; Wadebridge & Padstow cluster event with Bodmin and Camelford; and West Penwith. 

Stakeholder events

We held two special stakeholder briefing events in November for businesses, town and parish councils, Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise partners, and public sector partners.

Themed budget discussion groups

Members of our online Residents' Panel  were invited to apply to take part in one of four themed budget discussion groups, aligned to our Overview and Scrutiny Committee areas of focus:

  • Children and Families
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Health and Adult Social Care
  • Neighbourhoods

Read more about our draft budget

The Council's Cabinet put forward their draft budget proposals for the 2019/20 financial year and Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for 2019/20 to 2022/23 at an All Member Briefing on 28 September.

View the Overview and Scrutiny Committee budget papers: