Budget Consultation 2022/23

Closes 4 Jan 2022

Opened 18 Nov 2021

Overview

Even in our final year we remain committed to protecting frontline services
for the most vulnerable - and we will work closely with partners to ensure
this remains a priority for the two new councils.


Cumbria County Council has a very strong track record in protecting the delivery of frontline services while still making efficiency savings through introducing new ways of working, automation of processes where practical and enabling change. This is an achievement that we are very proud
of. Despite this excellent record we can only deliver services with the money we receive.


There has been no new funding announced from central government to support local government with the ongoing COVID-19 related demands upon Council services and the consequent financial impacts which are expected to continue beyond 2021/22.


The continued uncertainty about future funding will represent a significant challenge for public finances for some years to come.

Why your views matter

With this in mind, 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 financial pressure you are all under. After very careful consideration and given the uncertainty we all face we have decided at this stage of the financial planning process to recommend a Council Tax increase of 1.99%.


This increase will raise circa £5million to invest into essential council services and leave the Council’s finances in good shape for the future and for future delivery of essential services.

Give us your views

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Council finances