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22 November 2018

Cumbria meets the challenge

Cumbria County Council has made savings of £249million over the last 8 years. We still need to find £49m over the next 3 years which means by 2021/22 the council will have made savings of £298 million. This is a significant achievement and has been realised though efficiencies, the reshaping of services and inevitably increasing some of our charges.

Despite these savings there continues to be much uncertainty around the future structure of council funding. Without exception, all councils are facing difficult financial times given reductions in funding, increased demand and rising costs.

Cumbria County Council remains focused on the future whilst protecting the most essential council services. At a meeting today Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet discussed proposals on how it can meet its future financial challenge as it looks ahead to 2022.

Resident’s views are now sought on the proposal to increase the county council’s share of council tax by 1.99% for next year. This, together with the Government’s 2% precept increase to help fund the rising costs of Adult Social Care, will take the proposed total increase for the county council element of the council tax to 3.99%.

Cllr Peter Thornton, Deputy Leader of Cumbria County Council said:

“I am pleased despite all the financial pressure that we face that we are able to consult on a council tax increase that is below the rate of inflation, we have worked hard to keep this proposed increase as low as is possible. While the cost is not insignificant, every 1% of council tax generates £2million which helps protect vital services.

“All councils are facing funding cuts and increased demand as a result of austerity. This means we have to continue to look at how we do our day to day business. This council has a good record of managing its funds and in finding ways to transform its services. All of this helps to ensure that we can continue to meet our responsibilities to the people of Cumbria despite funding cuts from Government”.

The consultation document is now available at Budget Consultation 2019/2020 and will run until Monday 7 January 2019.

Feedback from public consultation will be considered by Cabinet and then got to Full Council with recommendations in February 2019 alongside the Budget and Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for 2019-2022.


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Cumbria County Council has made savings of £249million over the last 8 years. We still need to find £49m over the next 3 years which means by 2021/22 the council will have made savings of £298 million.