Increasing council tax rates, giving more money to children’s mental health services and more funding for school nurses and councillors are just some of the alternative budget proposals put forward by Cornwall councillors.
The full council is due to set the council’s budget for 2019/20 on Tuesday with a recommendation from the Liberal Democrat and Independent Cabinet that council tax increases by 3.99%.
But four alternative budget proposals have been tabled ahead of the meeting by Labour and Conservative councillors.
- The first amendment from Labour councillors Cornelius Olivier and Stephen Barnes calls for council tax rates to be increased by 4.99%
- The second from Conservative councillors Linda Taylor and David Harris calls for £2m to be removed from the budget for funding additional borrowing and instead using it for children’s mental health services and the countryside access team
- The same councillors are behind the third alternative budget which would take £600,000 allocated for the support and enablement of the Cornwall Investment Programme and use it for children’s mental health services in schools and the countryside access team
- A fourth from Labour councillors Jayne Kirkham and Dorothy Kirk calls for an extra £525,000 being given for children’s mental health provision in 2019/20 - rising to £1m in 2020/21