Council Tax 2021

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The Budget and Council Tax for the 2021/2022 financial year was set on 23 February 2021. This covers the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

How much is Council Tax going up?

There is an overall increase in Council Tax of 4.99%. This includes 3% resulting from powers granted by the Government to set an Adult Social Care Precept. This raises extra Council Tax to provide much needed money for adult social care services. These support vulnerable people in Cornwall. The overall increase equates to £1.52 per week for a Band D property.

How does the Council raise money?

The Council raises income to pay for local services through a mix of ways. Nearly half of this comes from grants, fees and charges. The rest is mainly from Council Tax, Business Rates and central government funding.

What does the Council spend money on?

Where else does my Council Tax go?

How do I pay my Council Tax?

Why do we have to pay Council Tax?

Every year the Council sets a budget. This sets how much we will spend on local services like roads, bins and grass cutting. This spending is partly funded by Council Tax. The Budget and Council Tax for the 2021/22 financial year covers the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

What is happening to the Council’s budget overall?

Like all local authorities, Cornwall Council continues to face significant financial challenges. These include:

  • significant cuts in our funding from Central Government
  • service demand pressures
  • inflation

This means the Council will need to save more than £18m in 2021/22. Over the period 2021/22 to 2024/25 the Council will need to make savings of some £60m in total.

Thanks to our budget planning over the past few years the Council is in a strong position to deal with the financial challenges ahead. We have worked hard to become more efficient and effective by:

  • restructuring the council
  • delivering services in different ways

 We are also working with:

  • Town and Parish councils
  • local residents
  • the voluntary and community sector

This will give communities more say in the running of their local services.

Need more detail? See our Financial Publications  page

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