Cornwall Liberal Democrats are demanding that the Government stop dithering and speed up their review of fairer funding. The Lib Dems on the Council are demanding urgent action from the Government at Cornwall Council’s cabinet meeting on 16th September.
Thanks to good fiscal management by Liberal Democrats, Cornwall Council have managed to make savings of £380m over the last ten years. Once again, the Council have succeeded in balancing the budget for 2019/20 but a gap of emerges in 2021/22 of £12m increasing to £17.3m by 2023/24.
The fair funding issue has become even more urgent following the Covid-19 pandemic. Cornwall Council has seen an additional £74million in Covid related costs, but the national Tory Government has given them just £39million to cover this contingency.
Commenting, Cornwall Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Adam Paynter said,
“Cornwall Council have done an excellent job managing our dramatically shrinking budget over the last few years, but just as the Council need certainty more than ever to plan for the future the Government have pulled the rug from under us.
“Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council will explore every opportunity to step up our campaign for fairer funding to address Covid costs and recovery and historical cuts that have left Cornwall facing increasing pressure on core services.”