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 1.99%, with an additional 2% levy for adult social care, 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 £3.5 million 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 2018.

The Council's Business Plan 2018 - 2022 sets out our priorities and commitments to deliver the Council's Priorities for Cornwall.

Read about how Cornwall Council considered and set the budget for 2019/20

The Council's Cabinet discussed the draft budget on 13 February 2019 and 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.

A final decision on the budget and the proposed 1.99% Council tax increase and 2% adult social care levy, was made at the full Council meeting on 26 February 2019 - see item CC/407.

You can read about our final budget in our news release Cabinet supports budget proposals for council tax increase to protect key services

How we consulted on our budget for 2019/20

We undertook a comprehensive programme of budget consultation and engagement between 28 September and 17 December 2018. 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.

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.

This report, that was considered by the Council's Cabinet, Overview and Scrutiny Committees and Full Council during February 2019, 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.

People in Cornwall were able to give us their views on the draft budget in a number of ways:

  • Online survey
  • Informal chats with Cabinet Members in 19 town centres
  • Community Network Panel and cluster panel meetings that discussed the budget
  • Four themed resident budget discussion groups
  • Contact their local Cornwall Councillor
  • Email haveyoursay@cornwall.gov.uk
  • Two special stakeholder events.