Council Tax 2022


The Budget and Council Tax for the 2022/2023 financial year was set on 22 February 2022. This covers the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

How much is Council Tax going up?

There is an overall increase in Council Tax of 2.99%. This includes 1% 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 £0.96 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 2022/23 financial year covers the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

£150 Council Tax Rebate

As part of the government’s initiative to help households with rising energy costs, they have announced a £150 Utility Energy Rebate for certain households.

Most households in council tax bands A-D are included.

Find out more about the £150 Council Tax Rebate

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 £59m in 2022/23, with £62m of savings identified by 2025/26. However, despite these savings, a budget gap of £82m still remains by the end of the four-year period. Closing this gap is a priority and work is ongoing to develop demand management strategies to mitigate the future forecast pressures.

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.

Find out more details

See our our financial publications for more details.

Financial Publications

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