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 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 and where to make changes.

The Council's Cabinet has recommended a draft budget and plan aimed at: protecting front line services from the impact of further cuts in Government funding; providing an additional £11m for supporting vulnerable people; investing almost £700m in providing hundreds of new affordable homes for local people; improving transport links; and creating jobs by growing the local economy.

Cabinet and Full Council

The Council's Cabinet made their budget recommendations to Full Council 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.

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 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 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.

Since 2010 the Council has made savings of £170 million, partially through becoming a Unitary Authority - merging seven councils into one.