Council tax freeze will make social care "impossible" - warns cabinet member Armand Toms
A council tax freeze will have a devastating effect on social care in Cornwall, it has been warned.
Armand Toms, Cornwall Council's cabinet member for adult social care, will outline his grave concerns in a letter to the chief executive and the leader.
In a surprise move this week councillors backed a Liberal Democrat proposal for a zero per cent rise in council tax for the coming year.
But Mr Toms, a Conservative, told the West Briton the budget would make the adult social care service "untenable".
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The cabinet member said the decision would force his department to find another £855,000 in savings on top of a £16m budget reduction over the last year.
He said: "That makes the job not just difficult but nearly impossible.
"In my opinion if we are to take a further £855,000 out of the budget it will make it untenable and we will not be able to meet statutory duties."
Cornwall Council is currently experiencing turbulent times ahead of elections in May.
Cabinet members Lance Kennedy and Carolyn Rule both left the Conservatives for the Independent group in the aftermath of Tuesday's riotous council meeting which approved the council tax freeze.
And the cabinet is without a portfolio holder for the economy after Stephen Rushworth was sacked from the cabinet on Thursday.
Collin Brewer resigned from Cornwall Council on Wednesday after it emerged he had said disabled children "should be put down".
Two days later Neil Burden, cabinet member for children's services, also faced calls for his resignation after it emerged that he said there were "too many disabled children".
Cornwall Council denied knowledge of Mr Burden's comments for two days but finally was forced to come clean on Friday afternoon.
Mr Toms said he would not be resigning from the cabinet over the issue but wanted to make his concerns very clear to the leader Jim Currie and the interim chief executive, Paul Masters.
Mr Toms said: "Sometimes you have to stand up for what is right.
"We've done an awful lot to raise standards but I think this will push us back the other way."