Norfolk residents set to pay more council tax

Norfolk residents set to pay more council tax

Published by Grace Mcgachy
1:35pm 6th January 2020. (Updated at 1:41pm 6th January 2020)

Norfolk residents are set to pay more council tax. 

It's proposed to rise by 3.99 per cent – 1.99 per cent for general Council Tax and two per cent under the Government’s adult social care precept.

The County Council is proposing a series of measures to balance the books next year – tackling what was originally predicted to be a £36 million budget gap in 2020/21.

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Councillor Andrew Jamieson, cabinet member for finance, said: 

“That buys us time to encourage the new Government to resolve the long-term pressures facing us and other county councils.

Although we’re putting significant extra investment into adult social care and children’s services, we’re effectively running to stand still, in the face of rising demand and costs.

We welcome the Government’s commitment to tackle adult social care funding and we look forward to working with them on this and fair funding for councils.”

The council is funding £65 million of additional service pressures next year, with 'significant investment in adult’s and children’s services':

  • £34.6 million for adult social care, including £6.1 million for demographic pressures, £7.6 million for inflation and £7.9 million for pay and price pressures;
  • £23.3 million for children’s services, including £3.7 million for inflation, £11.0 million for budget pressures including children looked after, £4.5m for home to school transport and £7.1 million for staffing pressures, including investment in the service’s new operating model and resolving the structural budget gap.

In addition, the council is:

  • Investing £887,000 in the fire service, to support the proposals in the integrated risk management plan
  • Supporting the environment policy, with a budget rising to £350,000 over two years.
  • Following public consultation, the cabinet is to consider a total of £38.2m of savings and additional income for 2020-21, including savings agreed in previous budget rounds.

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