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2019 Budget Engagement

How we consulted on the 2020/21 budget

Our budget consultation started on 3 December 2019 and closed on 29 January 2020. Thank you to everyone who took part and gave us their views on the draft budget. We appreciate your contribution in helping us make some of the difficult decisions that we face.

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The budget engagement focused on asking people:

  • if Cornwall Council delivers value for money for the services they use
  • if they were supportive in principle of increasing council tax by the maximum allowed by Government (currently 1.99%)
  • what council tax increase they were willing to pay

Extensive engagement in previous years, alongside feedback we receive through the residents’ survey, has given us a rich picture of the budget and spending priorities of Cornwall:

  • residents
  • businesses and
  • other stakeholders

The consultation was seeking to build on those results by providing a sense-check with regards to the direction of travel.

Consultation and engagement included:

  • An online survey was available on the Council’s website.
  • The budget consultation featured at various public Community Network Panel meetings;
  • We held a stakeholder consultation event. Representatives from a variety of organisations were invited. The event was also webcast live.  The oranisations invited included: 
    • businesses
    • local councils
    • NHS
    • voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE)
  • The dedicated email address haveyoursay@cornwall.gov.uk was available for people to send comments to the Council.
  • The consultation was widely promoted. Including via the media and social media

View our budget consultation and engagement feedback summary report.

This report, was considered by the Council's Full Council during February 2020.  It summarises the views and comments we received from:

  • residents
  • businesses
  • partners and
  • stakeholders through our consultation