Norfolk Putting People First Budget Consultation for 2014-17

Closed 12 Dec 2013

Opened 19 Sep 2013

Feedback expected 17 Feb 2014

Results Updated 26 Feb 2014

Budget sees council tax frozen

Norfolk County Council has announced a net revenue budget of £308.397m for 2015/15 which sees a freeze in the proportion of Council Tax you pay to the County Council.  But we have still had to make

tough choices in the face of an unprecedented £189m gap for the next three years, as a result of further government cuts in our funding, coupled with rising costs and increasing demand for services.

Last autumn, thousands of residents had their say about how we should tackle the problem as part of our Putting People First consultation.  More than 4,400 respondents commented on the proposals nd 1,200 people attended more than 40 consultation events.

We have thought very carefully about who might be affected by our savings proposals to see how we can mitigate their impact and listened carefully to the concerns about some of the most significant proposals.

As a result of your feedback, more than £7.1m has been restored to County Council budgets. This includes:

• £3.1m restored to the

Children’s Services budget to support the improvements for safeguarding children

• An extra £1m for post-16 transport, so we can delay the changes and look at the implications in more detail

• Changing the proposed three year savings schedule for personal budgets so those affected can all have a face-to-

face assessment of their needs and be better supported through the proposed changes.

The County Council has also agreed to use some extra income (only lately announced), to give:

• £250,000 to establish an emergency Coastal Defence Fund

• £127,000 (a 20% increase) for the Carers Agency Partnership fund, to allow more carers to take a well-earned break

• £123,000 to reduce the impact of spending reductions in Trading Standards.

The County Council has also given a commitment to look again at the proposed savings from changes to personal budgets, to

see if the savings that need to be found can be reduced further.

 

 

Overview

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Norfolk County Council predicted an estimated funding shortfall of at least £189 million over the next three years unless it actedto change things. This was because if things continued as they had, the combination of increasing council costs, increased demand for services, inflation and a cut in Government funding meant we would need to spend at least £189 million more than we can expect to receive in income. We asked your views on our savings proposals to meet this gap in our budget.

You can read our consultation document which set out all of our proposals for closing our budget gap, below.

You can download our consultation document by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. It is also available in some alternative formats below, however if you need the document in another format or language please contact us.

 

If you need this document in large print, audio, Braille, alternative format or in a different language please contact  us on:  0344 800 8020

Email:  haveyoursay@norfolk.gov.uk and we will do our best to help

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All residents
  • Businesses
  • Community groups and organisations
  • Voluntary groups and organisations
  • Schools

Interests

  • Spending