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Norfolk Council Tax rise confirmed

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Published by Chris Craddock at 6:03pm 11th February 2019.

Council tax in Norfolk is set to rise by 2.99%.

Norfolk County Council agreed their latest £409 million revenue budget today (11th Feb).

They're looking to save nearly £80 million over the next three years as funding from central government continues to fall.

Council leader Andrew Proctor said:

“This budget is balanced, is robust and allocates our resources across Norfolk’s people and communities in the best way we can, while protecting the frontline services the people of Norfolk rely on so dearly.

“There are major financial challenges ahead, there is no doubt of that and we will have to deal with them head on. As leader, I am confident that this council under this administration will rise to those challenges.”

children centre closing in norfolk
children centres like the one in emneth are set to close because of the cuts and changes

 

The local authority have increased the council's share of the Council Tax to the maximum amount they can without having to stage a referendum.

It means anyone living in a Band D property will have to pay £1,362.24 from April.

Here's the main areas that councillors have agreed to make cuts to:

  • Adult social care: £40.8 million

  • Children’s services: £12.3 million

  • Environment, development and transport: £5.6 million

  • Communities: £5.4 million

  • Business and property: £2.4 million

  • Digital innovation and efficiency: £1.7 million

  • Policy and resources: £11 million

Here's what Norfolk County Council plan to invest in with the new budget:

  • £100 million for new special educational needs schools and units in mainstream schools

  • £120 million to construct the Third River Crossing in Great Yarmouth

  • £9 million over the next three years for extra care housing, to help older people live independently, as part of a total investment of up to £29 million

  • £3.6 million for new workshops at Scottow Enterprise Park

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