Cornwall Budget Public Consultation … Including Housing Tax Increase | News
Plans include millions of pounds of investment in adult schools and social services as well
A public consultation on Cornwall Council’s draft budget for 2022/23 has started after the plans were approved by the Cabinet committee.
Officials say the proposals, which would result in a 2.99% council tax increase, the equivalent of 96 pence per week for a D-Band property, protect critical frontline services for residents.
They feature £ 1.3bn of capital investment, including support for economic growth projects that create housing and jobs for local people and reflect the priorities of residents.
Millions of pounds have been allocated for new places in schools and for social services for adults.
How will Cornwall’s money be spent?
• Investing in the future of children and young people in Cornwall with £ 93 million to provide 550 new school places and repair school buildings
• £ 45.5 million additional investment in adult social services. The council said it would invest in the future with £ 29million for projects including providing communities with hot, dry and energy efficient homes and investing in our fire and rescue services through a replacement program. targeted devices.
• Investing in the future of communities with just over £ 1.1 billion to support economic growth projects that create housing and jobs for local people, which the council says will enable them to mobilize additional funds from external investors and to deploy a new waste management service.
• Investing for the future with £ 54million for projects to ‘bring the board to the forefront of modern, flexible and low carbon ways of working, to maintain and transform our fleet of offices ”.
The majority of the savings will come from the reduction in the amount the Council spends on contracts and the proposed staff reductions.
The plans will now be available for comment over the next six weeks.
They will then return to Cabinet before a final budget is considered by the full council in February.
Presenting the draft proposals to Cabinet, Cllr David Harris, Deputy Head and Resource Portfolio Holder, said: “The draft budget we presented today represents some really tough decisions.
“While there is some reduction in services it is important to remember that we are still spending £ 1.2bn of your money on behalf of Cornwall with an additional £ 1.3bn investment in Cornwall’s future and that we have done everything possible to protect our vital front-line services.
“We will use the coming weeks to ensure that the budget proposals are widely consulted and to further develop our thinking in light of what you have told us. Recommendation 1 calls for the Council’s new draft business plan and draft budget proposals to be approved as the basis for this public consultation on the budget to be launched today.
“This will allow us to present a legally balanced budget in February, as fair as possible for residents and while protecting frontline services.
“In summary, this is a budget proposal for Cornwall, focused on our new priorities, with tough decisions made in light of unannounced financial pressures, while protecting frontline services and maintaining the optimization of resources for our residents ”.
How can I have my say?
To participate in the public consultation, visit the council website Let’s Talk Cornwall page to complete a short survey outlining your perspective on the plans.
The survey will end on January 23, 2022 and anyone who cannot access the survey online can call 0300 1234 100 and request that a hard copy be sent to them.
In addition to asking all residents to give us their views via the survey, the council will be hosting a stakeholder roundtable on the proposed budget early in the new year and says it will continue to reach out. to groups that are “rarely heard” to ask for their opinion on its business plan and priorities.
This will include working with partners to obtain the perspective of people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQi + community, people living in social housing and people with learning disabilities.