Norfolk unveils budget proposals, with £16m savings planned

Norfolk County Council is considering prudent measures to meet spending pressures and balance the books next year with new savings of £15.8 million being considered.

After the council warned that additional government money will be ‘substantially absorbed by ongoing demand and demographic pressures’, the authority is also set to propose a 3.99 per cent council tax rise. This is in line with government expectations – 1.99 per cent for all services and two per cent through the government’s adult social care precept. The increase would see the council’s share of band D bills rise by £54.27, to £1,416.51.

The council has already agreed to save £31.1 million next year, but is now to consider £15.8 million of new savings for 2020-21 and proposals for up until 2023-24.

Andrew Jamieson, cabinet member for finance, said: “While I welcome additional government money – including a predicted £17 million grant for children’s and adults social care – it’s still not enough to meet our spending needs. After nearly a decade of making savings, we still face rising demand for services and continued uncertainty over future funding.  That’s why I’m proposing a series of prudent measures to balance the books.”