Cornwall Council budget engagement 2016

Cornwall Council's budget for 2017/18 and beyond to 2020/21

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.

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We had a savings target totalling £196 million by 2018/19; going forward we must deliver savings of £107 million, including £34 million in 2017/18 on top of the £97 million already delivered over the last few years.

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.

The Council's Cabinet recommended a draft budget and plan to protect frontline services and invest £700 million in supporting people, improving places and creating prosperity. The draft budget was aimed at:

  • protecting front line services from the impact of further cuts in Government funding;
  • providing an additional £11 million for supporting vulnerable people;
  • investing almost £700 million in providing hundreds of new affordable homes for local people; improving transport links;
  • creating jobs by growing the local economy.

Cabinet and Full Council

Full Council approved the budget, recommended by the Council's Cabinet, on 22 November 2016.

Cabinet met on 9 November 2016 to consider the draft Budget 2017/18 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2016/20.

Stakeholder engagement

We held a Budget and Priorities event on 31 October for our partners and stakeholders. The event was attended by businesses, town and parish councils, health and public sector partners, and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSE). Attendees were able to hear about and give us their views on the Council's draft budget for 2017/18.

Council Committees

The budget was considered by the Council's Policy Advisory Committees (PACs) and the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Use the links below to view the reports for each committee:

Budget webchat

We held a live budget webchat with Adam Paynter, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, on Thursday 10 November.

Adam answered questions about the Council's draft budget for next year, how it could affect residents, businesses and visitors, and the budget setting process.

Since 2010 the Council has made savings of £170 million, partially through becoming a Unitary Authority - which merged seven councils into one. Since then we have had further savings to make which will total £196 million by April 2018.

In 2010 we had some Hard Choices to make about how to make savings and do things differently.

In 2011 the Council Leader and Cabinet held more Hard Choices events to explain and discuss the savings we had to make and the difficult decisions we had to make to be able to balance the budget.

In 2012 the Council Leader and Cabinet held a series of Cornwall Conversations about budget pressures and where we could make savings.

In 2013 the Council asked partners and the public where they thought the Council could make savings and Cabinet considered what people told us to help inform their budget setting for 2014/15.

In 2014 the Council, along with most other Councils across the country, faced Government cuts and had to set a budget that would make savings totalling £196 million by 2018/19.

In 2015 the Leader and Deputy Leader held a series of 'Open Doors' events for people to hear about and discuss the Council's draft budget for 2016/17.

In 2016 the Leader and Deputy Leader held a special 'Budget and priorities' stakeholder event, attended by businesses; city, town and parish councils; voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations; and other Council partners. Attendees heard about the budget challenges and were able to give their views on the draft budget proposals for 2017/18.