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"There's no getting away from how hard we are having to run to stand still"

"There's no getting away from how hard we are having to run to stand still"

Published by KLFM
6:24pm 14th January 2020.

Norfolk County Council have outlined the pressures they face regarding their budget. 

Including funding an additional £1 million for the national living wage.

The cabinet met yesterday (13th January) to discuss their plans, the meeting heard how they need to fund an additional £65 million of service pressures.

It means residents here could see a rise in council tax.

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

The meeting heard that the council was having to fund an additional £65 million of service pressures – and was now having to fund an additional £1 million, due to the Government announcing a higher than expected increase in the national living wage.

Councillor Andrew Jamieson, cabinet member for finance, said:

“This is a budget set during a period of unprecedented uncertainty. We are having to respond to demographic pressures, funding restraint and changes to best practice. We have to continue to make transformational changes in the way we deliver our services. There’s no getting away how hard we are having to run to stand still.”

The council welcomed a £17.6m share of the Government’s additional £1 billion for social care, which is intended for both children’s and adults’ services – but it will not fully meet the needs of either.



Increased pressures on adult social care are £34.6 million for the next year alone. The council had allocated £6.9 million to cover the national living wage and other pressures in the care market – the Government’s recent decision on a higher rate means we are having to fund this £1 million extra cost.

Councillor Bill Borrett, cabinet member for adult social care, prevention and public health, said the council would find the additional £1 million and said: “Every penny on the national living wage’s hourly rate adds £200,000 to the council’s care market costs.”

Council leader Councillor Andrew Proctor said the council was keen to work with the new Government on fair and sustainable funding - especially for adult social care and children’s services and for rural councils like Norfolk, who face higher costs to provide services.

He said Norfolk would continue “to take a balanced approach to meet all our residents’ needs, within the finite resources we have.”

The budget proposals will now be considered by the council’s scrutiny committee on 28th January before the full council takes a final decision on 17th February.

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