Duchy's latest £190m budget crisis revealed
Cornwall Council's leader has said the county could look very different in five years' time with the council staring at a possible £366 million budget reduction in a decade.
The council could be set to slash its provision to deliver services by a further £43 million for 2014/15, it emerged yesterday as the first draft of budget proposals were revealed. Council tax payers could see a rise of 1.97%, around 42p a week for a Band C taxpayer, even with the £24 million less to deliver services alongside the £19 million in savings already planned.
Independent leader John Pollard said he expects the council will need to save £196 million by 2019 on top of the £170 million it has already saved over the last four years as a result of Government cuts.
"We could be staring at a very different Cornwall," he said. "We can't do it all, there are more things which will need to be devolved, there are more things we will need to work in partnership to provide and there will be things we cannot sustain."
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