Budget Consultation 2021-22

Closes 5 Jan 2021

Opened 12 Nov 2020

Overview

Facing an uncertain financial future together

Cumbria County Council has delivered savings of £273m during the last 10 years.

This year the cost of dealing with COVID-19 has applied greater pressure on the council’s budget, and on our finite resources, as we battle to protect the most vulnerable and support our communities.

The Government has taken the unusual, and unprecedented step, in
announcing that it will not set an Autumn 2020 budget.

There will be a one-year Spending Review for 2021/22 which will be published on 25 November – which means that Cumbria, alongside all other councils, will be unclear about any future financial settlement and this makes forward planning very difficult.


COVID-19 continues to have a daily financial impact and we are all facing a wide range of financial unknowns. For the council an example of this is not knowing what income will be generated from business rates. This is understandable because of the tremendous challenges that all our  businesses are now facing as a direct result of the pandemic and its impact on our economy.

This means that we are unclear on what potential income business rates may bring and this income is essential to the reinvestment and transformation of council services for the people of Cumbria.


Together this means we all face an increasingly difficult and uncertain financial future and this makes it difficult for us to plan ahead.

Why we are consulting

One key decision facing the council is whether, or not, we should make any changes to Council Tax in the coming year.

This is a very difficult conversation to have with you given all the extra pressure you are all under.

After very careful consideration and given the uncertainty we all face we
have decided to recommend a council tax increase of 1.99%.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Financial Services