Have your say on Cornwall Council’s draft budget

Have your say on Cornwall Council’s draft budget

From Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has approved a balanced draft budget plan for 2024/25 with the Council’s four key priorities at heart. A consultation on the draft budget is now underway until 12 November.

Like all councils, we are facing a challenging economic environment, with high levels of inflation combined with an increased demand for our services.

This situation has landed some local authorities in financial trouble and has led to warnings that some councils would not be able to offer the legal minimum of care next year. However, Cornwall Council’s robust financial management means we are in a better position to weather the storm.

Nevertheless, balancing the budget has been challenging and we have needed to find further efficiencies and income generation measures to help plug the budget gap.

To help fund services, the draft budget proposes a rise in Council Tax of 4.99% including a 2% Adult Social Care precept for 2024/25. This means an increase of £1.73 per week on a Band D property.

This is not a decision that has been taken easily as we are fully aware of the impact that increasing Council Tax has on our residents, particularly during a cost-of-living crisis.

All information about the budget and an online survey is available on Let’s Talk Cornwall and can be found on https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/budget-24-25

We’ve made available a printable version of the budget survey that can also be used as a reference copy.

For a paper copy of the survey, people can go to their local library or information hub where staff will be happy to print out a copy. Alternatively, a paper copy can be requested by email or phone:

People can also use the above contact details for comments and queries – and people can write in as well to provide their feedback:

  • Postal address: Cornwall Council Budget consultation, County Hall, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3AY

The deadline for providing feedback is midnight on Sunday 12 November 2023.

An informal briefing session for Town and Parish Councils is being held on 12 October.

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