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04 February 2021

Cumbria continues to deliver services and meet the financial challenge - despite a very tough year

Cumbria County Council has continued to deliver its services during a very challenging year.

Over the last year the impact of COVID-19 has been significant on everyone and it has placed additional pressure on the council’s budget and on its finite resources. Despite this additional pressure, the council has remained focussed on protecting the most vulnerable and on supporting Cumbria’s communities.

At a meeting today, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet agreed to recommend to Full Council:
  • A general increase of Council Tax by 1.99% for 2021/22 
  • An additional precept for Adult Social Care of 2.00% for 2021/22 
  • The Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for 2021-2026 
This is a total increase on Cumbria County Council’s share of council tax of 3.99%.

These recommendations will now go to a meeting of Cumbria County Council’s Full Council on 18 February 2021.

Councillor Peter Thornton, Deputy Leader of Cumbria County Council, and portfolio holder with responsibility for finance said:

“Cumbria County Council has a strong track record in protecting frontline services while delivering savings in response to reduced government funding. Cabinet’s recommendation to Full Council, to increase the County Council’s share of council tax by a total of 3.99% for 2021/22, has been a very difficult one for us.

“We had previously planned a 1.99% rise in Council tax but the Chancellor’s spending review made it clear that our calculated spending power assumed an additional 3% Adult Social Care precept with the option to defer all or part of this to 2022/23. The budget proposal includes an increase in the Adult Social Care precept by 2% in 2021/22 and 1% in 2022/23. We, and our fellow councils of all political persuasions, agree that government cannot continue to see council tax rises as being the way to fund increasing social care needs.

“There are still significant pressures on the county council’s core budget. This increase will help raise £5million to invest into essential council services for the most vulnerable and the people who need our support right now in addition to a further £5million ring fenced to deliver social care.

“I want the public to know that the county council has worked very hard to keep this proposed increase as low as is possible, and it equates to £4.79 a month on a Band D property. The money generated will help us provide essential services to those who need them the most and it also ensures that we will deliver the legally balanced budget this year.”
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Cumbria County Council has continued to deliver its services during a very challenging year.