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Government funding in Norfolk reduced by over £200 million

Government funding in Norfolk reduced by over £200 million

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:54am 24th January 2019.

It's something they can't fix with just our council taxes and business rates.

Norfolk County Council is urging the government to end the uncertainty over their funding.

It's been reduced by over £200 million since 2010.

 

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Council leader Andrew Proctor said:

"This council is facing major financial pressures that we cannot resolve locally, solely through Council Tax and business rates. These pressures include the growth in special education needs costs and the care needs of our ageing population - national issues that are affecting many other councils.

One-off money from Government provides some welcome respite but isn't a credible, sustained solution to these massive, national pressures. That must change, in line with the Secretary of State's comments. "

 

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The Local Authority is preparing its £409 million revenue budget for 2019/20 and its prospects for the following two years.

The key points are:

  • A 2.99 per cent Council Tax rise is proposed next year, followed by rises of 1.99 per cent in subsequent years - although this would be reconsidered if the Government allows councils to raise more
  • Savings of £79.4 million between 2019/20 and 2021/22
  • A predicted £70 million budget gap over the next two years - up from £45.9 million - mainly due to rising cost pressures in adult social services and children's services

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