Cornwall Council Budget

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The financial impact of the pandemic on Cornwall and Cornwall Council has been huge, and fundamental changes to the way we work will be required if we are to meet residents’ needs.

Sound financial management over previous years has left Cornwall Council in a much healthier position than many local authorities, but still facing a considerable funding gap as demand continues to outstrip the predicted growth in income. We will need to save £58 million over the next four years to ensure our budget remains balanced.

We have already made nearly £380 million of savings over the past decade, and have done so while investing in resident’s priorities, such as roads, children’s services and housing for local people.

Our draft budget prioritises critical frontline services and investment in Cornwall’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. We will redesign services and our organisation to ensure maximum efficiency while protecting the most vulnerable, supporting our businesses and growing our local economy through a time of unprecedented financial challenge.

The financial impact of the pandemic on Cornwall and Cornwall Council has been huge, and fundamental changes to the way we work will be required if we are to meet residents’ needs.

Sound financial management over previous years has left Cornwall Council in a much healthier position than many local authorities, but still facing a considerable funding gap as demand continues to outstrip the predicted growth in income. We will need to save £58 million over the next four years to ensure our budget remains balanced.

We have already made nearly £380 million of savings over the past decade, and have done so while investing in resident’s priorities, such as roads, children’s services and housing for local people.

Our draft budget prioritises critical frontline services and investment in Cornwall’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. We will redesign services and our organisation to ensure maximum efficiency while protecting the most vulnerable, supporting our businesses and growing our local economy through a time of unprecedented financial challenge.

  • Please complete our short survey to give your views on our draft budget. This survey will close on 14 December 2020.

    We propose the following as part of our draft budget and business plan for 2021/22:

    • Continuing to develop and implement plans for savings and generating income that were identified in previous years and consult on these as required.
    • Increasing council tax to help cover the costs of increasing demand and reduce the need to make service reductions. We are proposing to increase council tax by the maximum increase we are allowed by Government without having to hold a referendum (currently 1.99%).   
    • Reducing the size of our organisation and our staffing costs, including through vacancy management, a targeted Voluntary Severance Scheme and a pay review 
    • Driving down the costs of our contracts with external providers
    • Redesigning our organisation, including by reducing the layers of management and making more use of automation, to create a leaner and more efficient organisation 
    • Redesigning our services to be high performing and lower cost, with a customer centric approach delivering better outcomes for residents.
    • Changing the way we work, including through formalised flexible working arrangements (ie working from home) to reduce the number of offices and buildings we need to maintain.
    • Making investments that help deliver our priorities while generating income to help support our services.
    • Continuing to lobby central Government for the funding, powers and flexibility to secure Cornwall’s future.

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    We will use the information you provide to inform the decisions about Cornwall Council's budget.

    The  Data Controller for the information you provide in this survey is Cornwall Council, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY. Data Protection Registration Number: Z1745294. 

    Once the survey has closed, your data will be held within Cornwall Council’s secure network and premises for up to 2 years. Access to your information will only be made to authorised members of staff who are required to process it for the purposes outlined in this privacy notice. 

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