Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Budget approved

Cornwall Council's budget for the next financial year has just been approved by councillors by 77 votes to 33. This decisive result is very welcome and it allows the authority to get on with the job of the detailed implementation.

I don't think any councillors come into the job in order to make cuts. But faced with the financial pressures imposed on us by central government, Cornwall Council has no option but to make an additional £23.9 million of savings next year. Our task has been to ensure that, wherever possible, these savings are made from doing things more efficiently. But where cuts to front line services have to be made, we have made sure that we have protected the services that work for the most vulnerable and those that are the most relied on by them.

What was most disappointing today was the failure of the Conservative opposition to come up with any alternative. They ranted and raved about how they disagreed with our proposals, but they have failed to come up with any proposals of their own. Clearly they don't have the ability or ideas to present an alternative vision for Cornwall.

Instead, the Conservatives joined with Labour and most of the UKIP councillors to simply vote against the budget. Their actions - had they been successful - would have meant the council would have had to make an additional £7 million of cuts next year.  That's an extra £7 million that would have to be taken away from services for the elderly, people with disabilities or childrens' services.

It is clear what the Conservatives stand for in Cornwall - more cuts and no ideas.

UPDATE - The local media coverage of the debate can be found here.



2 comments:

John Palfreyman said...

So angry with Cornwall Council. At a time when they are setting a draconian budget they want to spend £100,000 with £400,000 from central government on promoting the Cornish language....they put forward all the usual arguments about how a more Cornish Cornwall would attract more visitors etc etc ! What a load of codswhallop. The proposed cuts are going to really impact on the needy in our society....this money needs to go where it is really needed and not towards a pipe dream. This is a disgrace in my opinion.

John Palfreyman said...

So angry with Cornwall Council. At a time when they are setting a draconian budget they want to spend £100,000 with £400,000 from central government on promoting the Cornish language....they put forward all the usual arguments about how a more Cornish Cornwall would attract more visitors etc etc ! What a load of codswhallop. The proposed cuts are going to really impact on the needy in our society....this money needs to go where it is really needed and not towards a pipe dream. This is a disgrace in my opinion.