Cornwall Council budget engagement 2017

Cornwall Council's budget for 2018/19 and beyond to 2021/22

You may be aware of the significant budget challenges that Cornwall Council, along with most other councils across the country, is continuing to have to manage.

We have already had our budget reduced by £300 million since 2009 and now face the challenge of finding another £75 million by April 2021.

With such a huge challenge, we face the unenviable task of having to decide how to deliver services with less budget, which involves doing things differently and making changes in how we work.

Read Cllr Julian German's web story Tough budget decisions need your involvement

Consultation and engagement on our budget proposals is now closed

Our budget consultation closed on Friday 29 December 2017.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our draft budget consultation. We are committed to listening to our residents, business owners and partners and asked for views about our draft budget and how we can use our resources to achieve the best outcomes for Cornwall. 

No matter what is set out in our draft budget, no decisions have been made yet and we will be taking feedback we have received into account before finalising the budget in February 2018.

We heard from people about our draft budget in a number of different ways: 

  • Our online survey, which was also available as a hard copy on request, offered the opportunity to let us know how you would spend the budget, whether you would increase Council tax, charge more for some services, and/or reduce or even stop providing some services.
  • We attended five special budget Community Network Panel cluster meetings, during December 2018, in Camelford, Liskeard, St Austell, St Ives and Truro
  • We were out and about talking to people in Bude, Helston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penzance, St Austell, St Ives, Saltash, Torpoint, Truro and Wadebridge
  • We discussed the draft budget with groups and organisations that invited us to meet with them
  • We attended four City, Town and Parish Council Localism Cluster meetings
  • We held a special stakeholder briefing for businesses; voluntary, community, social enterprise organisations, our public sector partners and local councils.

The full budget online consultation report is available for you to view and see the headline findings from the survey. 

Proposed Budget information

Read more about the Council's business plan, proposed budget for 2018/19, Medium Term Financial Plan and supporting reports in the Cabinet papers:

  • View the Cabinet budget report (View item 7: Council Business Plan, Budget 2018/19, Medium Term Financial Plan 2018-2022)
  • View all the Cabinet budget papers (View item 8: Council Business Plan, Budget 2018/19, Medium Term Financial Plan 2018-2022, and Residents' Survey 2017)
  • View the Council's service plans for 2018/19 to 2021/22 (appendix 3 of the business plan and draft budget item) for adult social services and adult transformation commissioning, children and family services, education and early years, neighbourhood and public protection, environment, Resilient Cornwall (fire services), transport and infrastructure, planning and sustainable development, economic growth, housing, customer and support services, and wellbeing and public health.

Cornwall Council’s budget challenge

Like other local authorities across the country, Cornwall Council is facing less funding from central Government, as well as increased pressure as a result of rising demand for services.

The Council has had its budget reduced by £300 million since 2009 and, with the main grant we receive from central Government being significantly reduced by 2019/20, we now face the challenge of finding another £75 million within the next four years.

To do this we need to make difficult decisions about Council tax and how we provide services. Each year we prioritise spending on services that make sure children and young people get the best start in life, that communities feel the benefit of economic growth and that support vulnerable residents to live independently.

We are proposing to find the £75 million by delivering some services differently, charging for some services which are currently free and increasing some existing fees and charges where appropriate. In addition to this we will continue to become more efficient and effective in how we work and reduce our staffing levels through vacancy management and natural turnover, reduced agency support, the use of temporary contracts, reskilling and redeployment.

In line with Government policy, the Council is also proposing to increase Council Tax next year by 1.99%, with an additional 3% to fund adult social care services in order to ensure this priority service has sufficient funding to meet the increasing demands and needs of its users. The overall 4.99% Council tax rise means an increase, for a Band D property, of £1.34 a week or £69.80 a year.



Where the Council budget comes from

As one of the largest unitary councils in the country, Cornwall Council has a budget around £1bn a year. We use the budget to provide services to more than half a million residents and over five million visitors a year.

The services we provide include social care for adults and children, housing, planning, leisure, waste and street cleaning, education, public health, community safety, street lighting and many more.

We don’t get all of our money from Council tax, only a quarter, about £270m, of the budget comes from Council tax. The other three quarters comes from other sources:

  • £162m comes from Business Rates
  • £520m comes from the Government but the majority of this can only be used for specific services like schools, housing benefit and public health
  • £95m comes from the services we charge for, like planning and licensing and parking
  • £10m comes from other sources including investment income

Where the Council budget comes from:

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How we spend money across the Council

We have a budget close to £1bn a year which we use to deliver services to more than half a million residents and over five million visitors a year.

Read more about how the Council delivers value for money through the services we provide.

View our How your Council delivers value for money infographic for more information on how we spend the budget to fund services.

How We Spend Money Across The Council (1)

More information

View the budget income and expenditure graph above 

Read more about the Council's business plan and budget