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LIVE: Budget setting at Full Council, 21 February, 2023

Today sees one of the most important events in Cornwall Council’s calendar as the full council meets to set its budget for the next financial year.

A draft budget, approved by Cabinet two weeks ago, will be presented to the chamber, while councillors will also have the chance to submit their own amendments to the plans.

If the draft budget is approved, it will see Cornwall Council’s part of the Council Tax bill increase by 2.99%, with an additional 2% levy which will be ring-fenced for Adult Social Care services.

The meeting, which starts at 10.30am, is open to the public and can be viewed on our webcast service.

Watch the webcast here

 You can also follow proceedings live through our blog below:

10.30am: Today’s meeting is now underway, beginning with prayers.

10.36am: We are moving through the early part of the agenda, including apologies for absence, and declarations of interest.

10.37am: The Chairman is making her announcements, and has spoken of her pride at welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall on their recent visit to Falmouth.

10.39am: The leader, Cllr Linda Taylor, is making her announcements, and begins by telling the chamber that the council has been shortlisted for ‘Council of the Year’ in the prestigious LGA Awards.

10.47am: Public questions are being taken, with the first two focused on climate change issues

10.58am: The chamber is now welcoming it’s newest member, Cllr John Martin, who was elected as the new member for Long Rock, Marazion and St Erth last Thursday.

11.03am: The council will now debate the Housing Revenue Account Business Plan, including the proposed rent increases for the next year.

11.24am: After a debate, the council has voted to approve the housing plan.  We will now move onto the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry plans before we move to the main business of today’s meeting, the annual budget.

11.40am: Members are calling for the future funding of the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry to be centralised to help unlock the economic potential of south east Cornwall.