Cornwall Council budget proposals Alex Folkes
Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources
The big picture Last year we explained how the Council needed to deliver savings of £196m for the period to 2018/19. This reflected both cost pressures and reductions in funding. Required 'base' taking into account inflation, demographic change etc
Inflation / incremental / demand led pressures £107m
Net Revenue Expenditure 2013/14
Total funding projected to be available
Funding reduction £89m
440 400 2013/14
Since that time we have received further Government funding announcements and identified savings, which we are actively working to deliver, totalling around £40m. However further savings are required.
Expenditure and income 2014/15
Funding gap 2015/16 – 2018/19 The estimated profile of future savings is:
To make the situation even more difficult, much of these savings have to be made up front - meaning that at least £68m has to be found in the first year (2015/16).
What we have done already Campaign to secure local decision making on the use of the next round of EU funding Retained our AA+ credit rating meaning access to lowest borrowing rates and preferred partner status for a range of projects Government agreement for a Public Service Obligation funding our air link with London Cut the cost of consultancy and agency staff by 59%
Improving the transport network by securing funding to upgrade the A30 and undertake works on the A38
New agreement with staff along with a restructuring of senior management has led to significant savings Making a successful case to Government for investment in our rail network (upgraded sleeper service, improved traincare depot and modernised signalling)
Budget proposals - internal costs
Informing our budget proposals, Cabinet members have sought to protect frontline services through improved efficiencies and effectiveness of the Council’s own workings and processes
• Pay • Premises • Procurement
Budget proposals - new ways of working Informing our budget proposals, Cabinet members have sought to protect frontline services through alternative delivery models Being more efficient Income generation Co-operation and partnerships
Delivering services through private organisations Town and Parish Councils Voluntary sector commissioning
Budget proposals Front line reductions £52m (33%)
This has provided for the vast majority of our current budget proposals…
Income / commercialisation £27m (18%)
Unfortunately frontline services will be affected but we have sought to protect those services that we consider most important.
To be identified £13m (8%)
Corporate savings and other efficiencies £64m (41%)
Protected areas Using information gathered during the consultations last year and the views of all members, we identified a set of priorities. These highlighted the areas which were considered to be the most important to protect.
Services for the most vulnerable in society
Road repairs and maintenance
However as a consequence other frontline services will have to bear the burden of this policy.
Council tax • Council tax was raised for the first time in four years in April 2014 • Our current budget proposals included a 1.97% increase per annum across each of the four years
• Based upon a Band D Property a 1.97% Council Tax increase in 2015/16 would result in a 48p per week increase • Current Government policy means that an increase of 2% or greater would have to be subject to a public referendum • A 6% increase would raise £9.063m extra in 2015/16 • The Council has a scheme to support those who can not afford to pay their Council Tax
Do you support our proposals for a further 1.97% increase? Should we explore putting up Council Tax by more than 2%?
Over to you…
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