Cornwall Council has set out its budget for the coming year, revealing that they are increasing council tax by almost 4%, with 2% of this going towards adult social care.
The council, who met on Tuesday in County Hall, further plans to invest £20 million for vulnerable people and £5.6 million for children, schools and families.
Adam Paynter, deputy leader of the council, has said that the decision to raise council tax has not been taken lightly and that it was necessary following cuts from central government.
Leader Julian German has expressed his views on the cuts from Whitehall: “This unfair funding has to end. I, and this council, will continue to fight for fair funding. The Government needs to deliver on its pledge to level up.”
However, conservative group leader, Councillor Linda Taylor, criticised the council for overspending on projects, including the St Erth Multi Modal Hub. She continued to accuse the council of “using taxpayers’ money like an ATM”.
When the proposed budget was put to vote, the plans were passed with 63 in favour, 38 against and one abstention.
Cornwall council further plans to invest £20 million for vulnerable people and £5.6 million for children, schools and families.