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18 November 2021

Cumbria County Council delivers services and meets financial challenge

Cumbria County Council has continued to deliver services, whilst making savings that equate to over £289m over the last 10 years. 

The Council has continued to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on residents, businesses and communities.

In this, the council’s last year, the county council remains focussed on protecting the most vulnerable and supporting Cumbria’s communities.

Pressures on Council services continue to increase and with inflation forecast to be 4% costs are predicted to rise leading to the key decision to increase Council Tax in the coming year.

After careful consideration and given the uncertainty of future funding Cumbria County Council is now seeking resident’s views on a proposal to increase the county council’s share of council tax by 1.99% for next year plus an additional 1% to help fund/support social care.

Cllr Peter Thornton, Deputy Leader of Cumbria County Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Finance said:

“Cumbria County Council has a strong track record in protecting its frontline services whilst making savings. As a council we have attracted millions of pounds of extra capital investment into our county and we have served our communities well. This is a strong legacy and one which we should be very proud of as we prepare for a new future for Local Government in Cumbria.

“The proposal to increase council tax by a total of 2.99% is a difficult one to make but this increase will raise circa £7.6million to invest into essential council services, support social care and help us deliver a balanced budget in our final year. We have worked hard to keep this proposed increase as low as is possible and the money it generates will help us to provide essential services to those who need us most.”


The consultation document is now available at https://cumbria.gov.uk/budgetconsultation and will run until 10am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Feedback from the public consultation will be considered by Cabinet and then go to Full Council with recommendations in February 2022 alongside the Budget and Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for 2022-2027. 

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Cumbria County Council has continued to deliver services, whilst making savings that equate to over £289m over the last 10 years.