The cat is out of the bag
Today is the day when we (Cornwall Council) learn the details of the cuts we could be facing. This could be around the 30% mark. This could come in two waves of reduction in funding.
The first one is the Formula Grant from central Government. It’s expected to be 30% with at least 10% of those cuts coming in the first year. The remaining spread evenly over 3 years. The second is the Area Base Grant. This is likely to be 30% too, but this will be cut in the first year. On top of that, the Government is likely to cap Council Tax at 2.5%.
So if the 30% is true, then we are going to face some real changes. £10 million is ear marked to go in the first year. Yesterday Cornwall Councillors were given details of possible cuts and other areas that were looked at. These papers were marked ‘confidential’ and were for Councillors eyes only. That’s until Monday 25th October when the report is published for Cabinet and therefore a public document.
For what ever reasons these details are now in the public domain and if you click here you will be able to read some of the proposed cuts (Click Here for Graham Smith’s Blog). I personally can’t publish the details due to the rules, but there are areas being cut that I think are wrong.
I can say what I do think is wrong, and will remain that way till I am explained fully as to why it was included in the cuts. For me it’s cutting the bus subsidy for evening and Sunday services, and the cutting of Post-16 student travel subsidy. It makes it harder to understand when we are keeping things like attending Royal Cornwall Show (cost around £50k). I feel let’s get our priorities right.
No matter what is cut, it’s going to be painful, but at least cut only those services that are really surplus and not shy away from those areas are politically sensitive.
Take for instance that we are borrowing £14 million to fund a Solar Park, but by the maths produced in the Cabinet report (as I post previously) will only have a return of £10 million over 25 years.
Sometimes the logic for me is as clear as mud