Cornwall Council Budget

Posted on: 28th January 2018

Cornwall Council budget is now much closer to being balanced but due to significant cuts in Government funding we are faced with the tough choice of asking local Council tax payers for more money or being unable to meet the needs and hopes of local residents.

Cllr Sue James arguing for fairer funding for health and Social Care

Cllr Sue James arguing for fairer funding for health and Social Care at Cornwall Council

By putting in the budget an increase in Council tax of nearly 6%, half of which which go directly to adult social care, we have managed to agree future funding with Citizens Advice Cornwall, phase the introduction of post 16 transport to college, extend free parking in our towns during the evening and protect our road networks better, including giving budgets to local councillors to address local issues. Sadly this increase in Council tax cannot make up for all the cuts imposed on Cornwall Council so some services are being spread more thinly.

In my Cabinet role, I’m working closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner to find a way to make local communities feel safer and to ensure that the little things that concern them like speeding, bad parking, dog fouling and fly tipping do get attention. We are working on having more jointly funded and flexible community based posts and initial pilots with Tri-Service Officers have shown that they can play a big role in addressing the needs and concerns of the most vulnerable in local communities.

Finally, I hope you will support our campaign to get a fairer funding deal for Cornwall. This is about our NHS Services, schools and services provided by the Council. To support us, sign the pledge by clicking here

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