Care investment included in council's budget
12 February 2018
Norfolk County Council has approved a budget which sees increased investment in adults and children’s social care services and a 5.99 per cent rise in its share of Council Tax.
Councillors backed a £388.8m net budget, following a 2.5 hour meeting today.
Council leader, Councillor Cliff Jordan, said: “This budget shows that we are determined to care for the county and to invest in Norfolk’s future.
“We continue to care for the most vulnerable people. The council is investing £34m in adult social care over the coming year, plus £13m in children’s services.”
Deputy leader and finance spokeswoman, Councillor Alison Thomas, said: “By being prudent, we’ve been able to invest in services for the most vulnerable people, despite the continued reduction of our Government grant, rising costs and growing demand for services.
“We have agreed to take the maximum Council Tax level permitted by the Government – 2.99 per cent for general services and 3 per cent for adult social care – to ease these pressures.”
Headlines from today’s budget include:
- The County Council’s share of Council Tax bills will rise by 5.99 per cent – increasing band D bills by an extra £74.79 per year, to £1,322.73
- The budget includes £4.6m to fund pay inflation, including the nationally proposed two per cent pay rise for staff
- Over the next four years (to 2022), the Council predicts it must make further savings of £94.7m
- The Council has also agreed a £428.9m capital programme – funded by grants, developer contributions and borrowing – to fund investment in buildings and equipment, (including schools and the NDR)
Council leader Cliff Jordan and deputy leader Alison Thomas comment on the budget:
2018-19 net budgets agreed for the council’s committees are as follows:
- Adult social care: £252.4m
- Children’s services: £186.0m
- Environment, development and transport: £103.9m
- Communities: £46.9m
- Business and property: £8.0m
- Digital innovation and efficiency: £13.2m
- Policy and resources: -£221.6m
Total net budget for committees: £388.8m
Investment in adult social care and children’s services:
- In the coming year, the Council is investing in the budgets of adult social care by £34m and in children’s services by £13m. Within the adult social care budget, it is investing £8.7m to support the increase in the national living wage for people employed by independent providers, and a further £6.1m to manage demographic change in Norfolk.
- Norfolk County Council’s rise of 5.99 per cent is because the council decided to levy the Government’s adult social care precept in two annual amounts of three per cent, instead of three annual amounts of two per cent, to secure quicker investment in services. Unless the Government extends the precept, Norfolk County Council will not be able to increase the adult social care precept in 2019-20.